To grasp at

to catch at; to try to seize; as, Alexander grasped at universal empire,

See also: Grasp

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2007 issue, an article on page eight [Speaking Of: New Orleans Flood Litigation] made a reference to Judge Duval grasping at straws as to the meaning of the word "flood." Misuse of words by those in the insurance business will continue to cause a judge and insureds to grasp at straws.
But it's clear that these earlier communicators had goals similar to those of us trying to make information easier to grasp at a glance on the screen.