reach for

reach for (someone or something)

1. Literally, to extend one's hand in the direction of someone or something, especially in order to grasp onto them or it. I reached for his hand to help pull him out of the ditch. How eerie—I was just reaching for the telephone to call you when it suddenly started to ring!
2. To attempt to achieve, accomplish, or obtain something. I know you've been reaching for a position at the top of the company. The job of your dreams isn't going to just fall in your lap—you've got to reach for it!
See also: for, reach
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reach for someone or something

to extend one's grasp to someone or something. I reached for my father, but he wasn't there. I reached for a pen, but I only had a pencil.
See also: for, reach
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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