at a straw
See: GRASP AT STRAWS.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at a straw — To resort to an inadequate remedy in desperation ● straw …   Useful english dictionary

  • at a straw — See: GRASP AT STRAWS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at\ a\ straw — See: grasp at straws …   Словарь американских идиом

  • a drowning man will clutch at a straw — One grabs at the slightest chance when all hope is slipping away. Clutch is comparatively recent and is more suggestive of desperation than the earlier catch. To clutch at a straw (or straws) is frequently used as a metaphorical phrase. 1534 MORE …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • a drowning man grasps at a straw — a desperate person will try anything …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catch, clutch, or grasp at a straw or at straws — idi catch, clutch, or grasp at a straw or at straws, to pursue even the slightest hope or possibility out of desperation …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

  • catch at a straw — See: GRASP AT STRAWS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch at a straw — See: GRASP AT STRAWS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch\ at\ a\ straw — See: grasp at straws …   Словарь американских идиом

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