Definition of “grasping at straws” - English Dictionary

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“grasping at straws” in American English

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grasping at straws

trying to find some way to succeed when nothing you choose is likely to work:

We searched all the backup tapes, trying to find the missing files, but we knew we were grasping at straws.

trying to find a reason to feel hopeful in a bad situation:

I knew my mother was dying, but I was grasping at straws and denying reality.

(Definition of “grasping at straws” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)