grab for (someone or something)

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grab for (someone or something)

To attempt to seize or grasp someone or something. The man grabbed for me as I walked by, so I sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. I tried grabbing for the paper in her hand, but she snatched it away from me effortlessly.
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A 37-year-old relative of the couple said: "It was a good job mum had seen the police surrounding the house and an officer coming through the window because dad had grabbed for something to hit him with."
Fearing he would fall out of the cockpit and onto the concrete ground below, he desperately grabbed for something to stop his fall.
`It was just a natural instinct, I grabbed for something and my fingers had his face mask.'
So we grabbed for something new, based on what we thought of as the higher laws of business."