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English definition of “clutch/grasp at straws”

clutch/grasp at straws

to be willing to try anything to improve a difficult or unsatisfactory situation, even if it has little chance of success: She offered to take a pay cut to keep her job, but she was just clutching at straws.
(Definition of clutch/grasp at straws from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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