grasping at straws


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grasping at straws

In such a desperate situation that you will try even the most unhopeful way of solving it; from the idea of a drowning person trying to gain a hold on anything at all, however flimsy.
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Grasping at straws I don't know what it is about plastic straws that fish and seabirds find so delicious, but they've got to go.
"Last month we were grasping at straws and thought we might have the beginning of a trend, but that didn't last long," said NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, Ph.D.
Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat and lead sponsor of the amendment in the Senate, said that simply isn't true, and he accused critics of the plan of grasping at straws.
There are few positives to be had from Brexit, a few more fish in the Union Jack sea, the far-flung possibility of an alternative international order with more democratic control of corporations and financial institutions (OK, I'm grasping at straws here).
Unfortunately, staunch Remainers are now grasping at straws by twisting the truth to reverse the democratic vote to leave EU political and jurisdiction control - a construct which appears to be crumbling under its own dogmatic contradictions.
But this theory is really just grasping at straws. As noted, the program is expected to begin seeing a net cash outflow in 2018 and beyond.
But, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was caught grasping at straws because the Chowkidar (watchman) has robbed the nation.
Grasping At Straws Mick Mulvany 6th, 1m maiden, Galway, August 4 Mick Mulvany has been enjoying the best season of his career and his horses certainly work hard, but they have kept their form all season and the rewards have been evident.
Lim took a swipe at Najib by mocking the Pekan MP as the embodiment of the idiom 'grasping at straws' when he issued the kleptocracy statement.
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Some have even floated the idea of abandoning a shiny dome altogether once officials learn what caused it.<br />"To be honest with you, we're just grasping at straws," Van Dyck said.