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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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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grasp at

v.
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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I think it's common for fourth-graders through college to grasp at something that will make them thinner quicker.
Therefore when there is no inherent nature in the self when we try to grasp at something that has no inherent nature so we are grasping at shadow.
Beleaguered coach Hoddle always seems to be trying to grasp at something that's not quite there.