grasp at straws
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- (idiomatic) To guess randomly at or pursue any apparent option, due to a lack of clear choices or information.
- I've never met his mother, so I'm grasping at straws for an appropriate gift for her.
- (idiomatic) To get hold at any help, even if it is insignificant.
- Titelman, Gregory Y., "The Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" (Random House, New York, 1996).