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
British Dictionary definitions for straw (1 of 3)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for straw (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for straw (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History 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.
Culture definitions for straw
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.”
Idioms and Phrases with straw
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)