verb grasp (clutch, grab) at straws (a straw)
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Etymology: This idiom refers to a drowning man grabbing any floating object, even a straw, to save himself. It was first used by w:Thomas More, Thomas More in Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation (1534).
- (idiom) To guess randomly at or pursue any apparent option, as due to lack of options or information.
- I never met his mother, so I'm grasping at straws for an appropriate gift for her.
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