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

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clutch/grasp at straws

to be ​willing to ​try anything to ​improve a ​difficult or ​unsatisfactorysituation, ​even if it has little ​chance of ​success: She ​offered to take a ​paycut 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)
Translations of “clutch/grasp at straws”
in Chinese (Simplified) (为摆脱困境)抓救命稻草,不放过任何微小的机会…
in Chinese (Traditional) (為擺脫困境)抓救命稻草,不放過任何微小的機會…
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