- stravinsky, igor,
- stravinsky, igor fedorovich,
- straw boss,
- straw color,
- straw in the wind,
- straw man,
- straw mite
Origin of straw
Examples from the Web for straw
Exactly one month after the first straw goat was erected in Gävle, it was mysteriously burned to a crisp.
I thanked him, sat down on the sofa, and sipped it through the straw.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hana seeks refuge from the buzzing lights of Otome Road in a nearby café and makes another swirl with her straw.
She slowly moves her straw through the whipped cream in her designer latte and looks up.
A Saudi Arabian television ad for Viagra shows a man struggling to push a straw through the lid of his beverage.
I belong so much to the stunned sleepers in the straw who cannot feel.A Journal of Impressions in Belgium|May Sinclair
Another method of keeping the straw in place is by stretching binder twine directly over the row.The Gladiolus|Matthew Crawford
Susan took her horse there; loosened his girths, and rubbed him down with a wisp of straw.Half a Life-time Ago|Elizabeth Gaskell
Color flew into her thin cheeks, and the eyes that stared at Hazel's straw tam-o'-shanter grew dim.Jewel's Story Book|Clara Louise Burnham
A bundle of straw, tied with a rope, is brought into the courtyard and left to stand there near the Yule logs.Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.|Sir James George Frazer
- stalks of threshed grain, esp of wheat, rye, oats, or barley, used in plaiting hats, baskets, etc, or as fodder
- (as modifier)a straw hat
- a pale yellow colour
- (as adjective)straw hair
Word Origin for straw
Old English streaw "stems or stalks of certain cereals," literally "that which is scattered or strewn," related to streowian (see strew), from Proto-Germanic *strawam "that which is scattered" (cf. Old Norse stra, Danish straa, Swedish strå, Old Frisian stre, Old Dutch, Old High German stro, German Stroh "straw"), from PIE *stere- "to spread" (see structure (n.)). The notion is of dried grain stalks strewn on a floor as carpeting or bedding. As a type of what is trifling or unimportant, attested from late 13c. Meaning "hollow tube through which a drink is sucked" is recorded from 1851.
To draw straws as a means of deciding something is recorded from 1832. The last straw is from the proverb of the camel. Straw poll is from 1932; earlier straw vote (1866). Straw hat first attested mid-15c. To clutch (or grasp or catch) at straws (1748) is what a drowning man proverbially would do.
grasp (clutch) at straws
To make a final, desperate effort: “The candidate made a few last attempts to discredit his opponent, but it was clear he was just grasping at straws.”
In addition to the idioms beginning with straw
- straw boss
- straw in the wind
- straw that breaks the camel's back
- straw vote
- draw straws
- grasp at straws
- last straw
- make bricks without straw
- not worth a dime (straw)