English version

be clutching/grasping at straws

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe clutching/grasping at strawsbe clutching/grasping at strawsto be trying everything you can to succeed, even though the things you are doing are not likely to help or work straw
Examples from the Corpus
be clutching/grasping at strawsGreen ponds should not be a problem now, but come next summer, you may be clutching at straws.
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