Meaning of “a drowning man will clutch at a straw” in the English Dictionary

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"a drowning man will clutch at a straw" in British English

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a drowning man will clutch at a straw

saying

said about someone who is in a very difficult situation, and who will take any available opportunity to improve it

(Definition of “a drowning man will clutch at a straw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)