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grasp at straws


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To guess randomly at or pursue any apparent option, as due to lack of options or information.


This idiom refers to a drowning man grabbing any floating object, even a straw, to save himself. It was first used by Thomas More in Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation (1534). (Wiktionary)


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