To grasp at
Grasp Grasp, v. i. To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive. [1913 Webster]

As one that grasped And tugged for life and was by strength subdued. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To grasp at}, to catch at; to try to seize; as, Alexander grasped at universal empire, [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To glaum at — Glaum Glaum, v. i. [Etymol. uncertain.] To grope with the hands, as in the dark. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] {To glaum at}, to grasp or snatch at; to aspire to. [1913 Webster] Wha glaum d at kingdoms three. Burns. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grasp\ at\ a\ straw — • grasp at straws • clutch at straws v. phr. To depend on something that is useless or unable to help in a time of trouble or danger; try something with little hope of succeeding. To depend on your memory without studying for a test is to grasp… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • grasp\ at\ straws — • grasp at straws • clutch at straws v. phr. To depend on something that is useless or unable to help in a time of trouble or danger; try something with little hope of succeeding. To depend on your memory without studying for a test is to grasp… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • grasp at straws — or[clutch at straws] {v. phr.} To depend on something that is useless or unable to help in a time of trouble or danger; try something with little hope of succeeding. * /To depend on your memory without studying for a test is to grasp at straws./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • grasp at straws — or[clutch at straws] {v. phr.} To depend on something that is useless or unable to help in a time of trouble or danger; try something with little hope of succeeding. * /To depend on your memory without studying for a test is to grasp at straws./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • grasp at straws — ● straw * * * clutch/grasp/at straws phrase to try to find anything at all that will help you or give you hope in a difficult situation, when it is likely that you will find nothing She knew she was clutching at straws, thinking he might help her …   Useful english dictionary

  • grasp at — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms grasp at : present tense I/you/we/they grasp at he/she/it grasps at present participle grasping at past tense grasped at past participle grasped at 1) grasp at something to try to take hold of something Hands… …   English dictionary

  • grasp at straws — 1. to try any method, even those that are not likely to succeed, because you are in such a bad situation. He s hoping that this new treatment will help him but I think he s clutching at straws. (usually in continuous tenses) 2. to try to find… …   New idioms dictionary

  • grasp at straws — verb To guess randomly at or pursue any apparent option, as due to lack of options or information. I never met his mother, so Im grasping at straws for an appropriate gift for her …   Wiktionary

  • grasp at straws — try something with little hope of succeeding, depend on something that is useless in a time of trouble He is grasping at straws. He will never find enough money to pay next month s rent …   Idioms and examples

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