clutch\ at\ straws

• grasp at straws
• clutch at straws
v. phr.
To depend on something that is useless or unable to help in a time of trouble or danger; try something with little hope of succeeding.

To depend on your memory without studying for a test is to grasp at straws.

The robber clutched at straws to make excuses. He said he wasn't in the country when the robbery happened.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • clutch at straws —    If someone is in serious trouble and tries anything to help them, even though their chances of success are probably nil, they are clutching at straws.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • clutch — 1 verb (I) to hold something or someone tightly, especially because you are frightened, in pain, or do not want to lose something: Tom fell to the ground clutching his stomach. | A woman clutching a baby stole an elderly woman s purse. clutch at… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • clutch — [[t]klʌ̱tʃ[/t]] clutches, clutching, clutched 1) VERB If you clutch at something or clutch something, you hold it tightly, usually because you are afraid or anxious. [V at n] I staggered and had to clutch at a chair for support... [V n] She was… …   English dictionary

  • clutch/grasp at straws — to try to solve a problem by doing things that probably will not help I asked her for a loan. I didn t think she d agree, but at that point I was grasping at straws. • • • Main Entry: ↑straw …   Useful english dictionary

  • clutch (or grasp or catch) at straws — resort in desperation to unlikely or inadequate means of salvation. [from the proverb a drowning man will clutch at a straw.] → straw …   English new terms dictionary

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