verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- grasp (clutch) at straws,
- grasp at straws,
- grasp reflex,
Origin of grasp
Examples from the Web for grasp
And the more she is forced to recount, the more her grasp of reality slips, or heightens, depending on your point of view.
The grasp on the sabre would tighten; the quiet eyes would flash.
Just a few months ago my 3-year-old son, mid-tantrum, broke my grasp to run from me in a crowded subway station.
But opting for immediate gratification and having the universe influence our agenda keep long-term goals outside our grasp.
Instead, he wanted viewers to grasp that “this spring from which Mother Courage drank death was a polluted one.”
Napoleon thought he had Spain within his grasp, and now suddenly everything was slipping from him.
Even to-day there are many people who fail to grasp the essential facts of this situation.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
There the courier whirled the stern of the canoe into his grasp, and, unhurt, Dunvegan raised himself over it.The Law of the North (Originally published as Empery)|Samuel Alexander White
The technical reader will at once grasp the idea thus embodied, and will need no further description of the details of working.Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne
I had a third fleeting chance, but absolutely could not grasp it.Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
Word Origin for grasp
mid-14c., "to reach for, feel around," possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen "to grasp," Middle Dutch grapen "to seize, grasp," Old English grapian "to touch, feel, grope"), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with grasp
- grasp at straws
- get a fix on (grasp of)