draw straws for (something)

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draw straws for (something)

To decide something by picking at random from straws of different lengths. The person who pulls the shortest straw is usually the one chosen for something, often an unpleasant task. Let's draw straws for it—it's the only fair way to decide who goes first.
See also: draw, straw

draw straws for something

Fig. to decide who gets something or must do something by choosing straws from an unseen set of straws of different lengths. (The person who gets the shortest straw is chosen. See also draw lots.) We drew straws for the privilege of going first. Let's draw straws for it.
See also: draw, straw
References in classic literature ?
The carpenter and I stuck it out two days more, then we drew straws for it and it was his turn.
Dorothy has three daughters and they drew straws for which one would go to Seaham with her.