To reach for
Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster]

Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster]

Reaching above our nature does no good. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To extend in dimension, time, amount, action, influence, etc., so as to touch, attain to, or be equal to, something. [1913 Webster]

And behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. --Gen. xxviii. 12. [1913 Webster]

The new world reaches quite across the torrid zone. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) To sail on the wind, as from one point of tacking to another, or with the wind nearly abeam. [1913 Webster]

{To reach after} or {To reach for} or {To reach at}, to make efforts to attain to or obtain. [1913 Webster]

He would be in the posture of the mind reaching after a positive idea of infinity. --Locke. [1913 Webster]


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  • reach for the sky — {v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To put your hands high above your head or be shot. Usually used as a command. * /A holdup man walked into a gas station last night and told the attendant Reach for the sky! / Syn.: HANDS UP. 2. To set one s aims high. * /… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To reach after — Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster] Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster] Reaching above our nature does no good. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To reach at — Reach Reach, v. i. 1. To stretch out the hand. [1913 Webster] Goddess humane, reach, then, and freely taste! Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To strain after something; to make efforts. [1913 Webster] Reaching above our nature does no good. Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Reach for the Stars (computer game) — Infobox VG| title = Reach for the Stars developer = SSG publisher = SSG released = 1983 genre = Turn based strategy modes = Single player, Multiplayer media = 5¼ disk, 3½ disk platforms = MS DOS, Windows, Apple II, Mac OS, Commodore 64, Amiga… …   Wikipedia

  • Reach for the Stars (game show) — Infobox Television show name = Reach for the Stars genre = Game show creator = Merv Griffin director = Gilbert Cates starring = Bill Mazer theme music composer = Horst Jankowski opentheme = A Walk in the Black Forest by Herb Alpert country = USA… …   Wikipedia

  • Reach for the Top — is a Canadian game show in which teams of high school students participate in local, provincial and eventually national trivia tournaments. The non televised tournaments held at high schools throughout Canada during the year are known as… …   Wikipedia

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