clutch at a straw

clutch at a straw

To make a desperate attempt to salvage a bad situation. A: "But what about all those times I took the trash out when you hadn't even asked me to?" B: "That has nothing to do with why you're in trouble now, so stop clutching at a straw."
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If the `yes' people still want to clutch at a straw, do us all a favour and grab the right places.
SIR - A drowning man will clutch at a straw is an apt proverb that represents the power brokers at the helm of the so-called Gang of Six.