- grasp (clutch) at straws,
- grasp at straws,
- grasp reflex,
- grass box,
- grass carp,
- grass cloth
Origin of grasping
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of grasp
Examples from the Web for grasping
But there is a big twist in this story that has left both Grace Castro and Lozoya frustrated and grasping for more answers.
After a first go through, they appear to be grasping for what to do next.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath|Nina Strochlic|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And that is the key to grasping how we Americans can and cannot take him seriously as a would-be political messiah.
Grasping ambition, we suddenly wondered, might not be the province of plaintiffs alone.Supersize Me, Your Honor: Liebeck v. McDonald’s and Our Era of Ambition|James Poulos|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All have failed at grasping its themes, ironies, and allusions.The Great Gatsby, Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Is a Relentless Assault on the Senses|Marlow Stern|May 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The writer is unable to explain particular passages in any precise manner, and he is equally incapable of grasping the whole.Timaeus|Plato
Grasping the arms of her chair with both hands, her eyes fixed eagerly on his face, Lucretia Dalibard awaited the welcome visitor.Lucretia, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
For sinful men in the miry pit the rope is already let down, and their grasping it is the same act as the psalmist's cry.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III|Alexander Maclaren
The grasping home makes the pugnacious disturber of the public peace.Religious Education in the Family|Henry F. Cope
"I'm mighty glad to hear it, and I congratulate you," exclaimed Ralph, jumping up and grasping Ivan by the hand.The Mission of Poubalov|Frederick R. (Frederick Russell) Burton
Word Origin for grasp
"greedy, acquisitive," late 14c., present participle adjective from grasp (v.).
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)