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be clutching at straws

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe clutching at strawsbe clutching at strawsespecially British English to be trying everything possible to find a solution or hope in a difficult situation, even though it will probably be unsuccessful I knew that trying the alternative medicine was just clutching at straws. clutch
Examples from the Corpus
be clutching at strawsGreen ponds should not be a problem now, but come next summer, you may be clutching at straws.
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