Meaning of “clutch/grasp at straws” in the English Dictionary

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"clutch/grasp at straws" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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