grab at a straw

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grab at a straw

1. To assert or come up with something that lacks any credibility, especially as a desperate bid to achieve something or convince someone. 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 grabbing at a straw." The government is really grabbing at a straw now in its attempt to defend the controversial legislation.
2. To consider or reach for any kind of help or solution in a bad situation. A: "I've started going to a psychic to help me figure out how to salvage my marriage." B: "I think you're grabbing at a straw, Mike."
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