grasp at (someone or something)

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grasp at (someone or something)

To attempt to hold onto or grip someone or something. I grasped at the dog, but she ran away from me. Liz and I grasped at the sides of the raft as we hit rough waters.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

grasp at someone or something

to try to seize someone or something. He grasped at the bar and held on tight. The beggar grasped at the pedestrian and lost his grip.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

grasp at

To have a hold on something or take hold of something with the hands: Afraid of the steep drop-off, I grasped at the railing.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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ENGLAND'S easy 31-run win over formidable India in Sunday's key World Cup clash at Edgbaston has sparked a heated debate about the possible reasons behind the latter's lack of purpose in going for the record run chase, especially after the match had appeared within their grasp at one stage.
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