straw

[ straw ]
/ strɔ /

noun

adjective

Idioms

    catch/clutch/grasp at a straw/straws/any straw(s), to seize at any chance, no matter how slight, of saving oneself from calamity.
    draw straws, to decide by lottery using straws or strawlike items of different lengths, usually with the short straw or straws determining the person chosen or the loser.

Origin of straw

before 950; Middle English; Old English strēaw; cognate with German Stroh; akin to strew

Related forms

straw·less, adjectivestraw·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for strawer (1 of 3)

straw

1
/ (strɔː) /

noun

adjective

mainly US having little value or substance
See also man of straw

Derived Forms

strawlike, adjective

Word Origin for straw

Old English streaw; related to Old Norse strā, Old Frisian strē, Old High German strō; see strew

British Dictionary definitions for strawer (2 of 3)

straw

2
/ (strɔː) /

verb

archaic another word for strew

British Dictionary definitions for strawer (3 of 3)

Straw

/ (strɔː) /

noun

Jack, full name John Whitaker Straw. born 1946, British Labour politician; Home Secretary (1997–2001); Foreign Secretary (2001–06); Lord Chancellor (2007–10)
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Idioms and Phrases with strawer

straw


In addition to the idioms beginning with straw

  • straw boss
  • straw in the wind
  • straw that breaks the camel's back
  • straw vote

also see:

  • draw straws
  • grasp at straws
  • last straw
  • make bricks without straw
  • not worth a dime (straw)
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