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 grasped
His voice broke, but he grasped my hand, saying, “Courage, Alec.”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But what she grasped better than so many Ph.D.s was the role that emotion and human frailties played in the sweep of history.
For a flash, I grasped the Holy Grail of my endless tap, tap, tapping on the door.I Can’t Shake Hawaii: An Ode to Returning to Places You’ve Been Before|Debra A. Klein|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The woman who grasped Britain's unions by the neck and hurled them repeatedly against the wall, like some floppy rag doll.How Margaret Thatcher Transformed British Politics|Tunku Varadarajan|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A boy put his hand into a jar of filberts and grasped as many as his fist could possibly hold.
He grasped mine and drew me towards him, then got me by the arm and began dragging me through the snow.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood|George MacDonald
He grasped the fellow's arm and received a violent push that almost knocked him over.The Heritage of the Desert|Zane Grey
He reached across the little gap that parted us and grasped my hand.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
When I had pulled myself over the brink at his side I grasped his hand and pressed it without a word.The Moon Metal|Garrett P. Serviss
The question could only mean that Zeno was taken, and Zo grasped the astrologer's arm in sudden fear.Arethusa|F. Marion Crawford
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)