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grasping at straws

Fig. to depend on something that is useless; to make a futile attempt at something. John couldn't answer the teacher's question. He was just grasping at straws. There I was, grasping at straws, with no one to help me.
See also: grasping, straw

grasping at straws

also clutching at straws
1. trying to find some way to succeed when nothing you choose is likely to work Jerry, grasping at straws, searched the backup tapes from last week, looking for the missing files.
2. trying to find reasons to feel hopeful about a bad situation She thinks he might still be interested because he calls her now and then but I think she's clutching at straws.
See also: grasping, straw
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Are you and others whinging, clutching at straws, showing yourselves up for voicing your opinions, no, neither is AW of Gosforth.
You will have gathered that I am of course a supporter of Cardiff City and, yes, maybe I am clutching at straws, but surely the FA rules apply to all its registered associations.
Written by Red Dwarf scribe Doug Naylor, there's an air of clutching at straws about Over To Bill as though it can't quite make up its mind what it's about.
If someone had to partake in the risks from a world that's becoming a chemical cesspool, they wouldn't be clutching at straws for survival or drowning in despair.
Joe Hart is generally wheeled out to face the press when Manchester City are struggling and the keeper is as adept at clutching at straws as he is at clutching at crosses.
IT appears that Kelly Brook may be clutching at straws if she thinks she can get back with boyfriend Thom Evans.
I showed some of their players the baw mark and told them they were clutching at straws.
Let's do that, they would have said, desperately clutching at straws.
In a statement, the Home Office said Qatada's legal team "are clutching at straws in their attempts to get this dangerous man released, when jail is where he belongs.
He added: "Very weak situation this you know, you're clutching at straws.
The Scot, who wasn't this time indulging in his famed mind games, more just stating facts, said: "All we can do is to win our game next week but we're clutching at straws a little bit.
Thommo, a known baiter of Ponting's style of captaincy, said: "He's clutching at straws if he believes Australia are at their best in adversity.
And our leaders are fumbling around, clutching at straws.
Ofsted is clutching at straws in seeking to claim otherwise.
But once again MailSportwas out ahead of our rivals by telling you his exact destination, leaving the also-rans clutching at straws.