reach toward (someone or something)

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reach toward (someone or something)

1. To extend or stretch one's hands out in the direction of someone or something. I reached toward the sky to show the officer that I was unarmed. The patient reached toward the nurse, begging her for a glass of water.
2. To extend or stretch something out in the direction of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "reach" and "toward." He reached his hand toward the foreign dignitary in a gesture of peace and friendship. I began reaching the branch toward the bees' nest try to knock it down from the roof of the porch.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

reach toward someone or something

to aim one's reach to someone or something. Sam reached toward Walter and took hold of his shoulder. He reached toward the apple but withdrew his hand when he saw it was rotten.
See also: reach, toward
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Another great eagle (the pharaoh of Egypt) then comes along, and the vine reaches toward it, to the point that the vine is transplanted--but (according to the Lord GOD) resulting in its death, not prosperity.
And it is here that the novel achieves its true mastery because the poetic narrative voice is forever alert to an extraordinary world and manages to do the apparently impossible, to give voice to the unsayable and to make the invisible visible, even through the crudities of language, of which the narrator is acutely aware: "One's wretched tongue is wooden." Although echoing Beckett's disavowal of language, even as it wades further into words, Vesaas's novel ultimately reaches toward a postintellectual sense of living and as such offers an alternative vision to European fiction: "Beyond all reason.
At its most suggestive, the book reaches toward the antebellum era with two ironies which Glover sees at the core of elite family life in South Carolina.