grasping at straws


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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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They are constantly grasping at straws to prove something or other.
But Mr Clelland said: "I think they're grasping at straws.
I'M afraid that the Chairman of the North Wales Police Authority is grasping at straws, Trying his best to gloss over the truth Jeremy Clarkson was correct in his interpretation of Richard Brunstrom and the traffic section of North Wales Police Force.
Our opinion is they were grasping at straws,'' Moses said of GLASAA's request.
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But David Davies, Conservative AM and MP for Monmouth, said, 'This is ludicrous - the Government is grasping at straws.
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