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    What is the meaning of the Idiom 'A drowning man catches at a straw'

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    Pls I need answer.

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    Default Re: A drowning man catches at a straw

    Quote Originally Posted by conniemork View Post
    Pls I need answer.
    Hi,

    I'm not a teacher, but, in my mind, if you were about to drown, a straw would not be a solution to keep you afloat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hortence View Post
    Hi,

    I'm not a teacher, but, in my mind, if you were about to drown, a straw would not be a solution to keep you afloat.
    But if you are drowning, you will catch at anything in the hope that it may keep you afloat.

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    Default Re: A drowning man catches at a straw

    When I've heard the idiom, the verb is 'clutches'. I think this may have been changed by the influence of 'catches hold of' and 'snatches at'.

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    Default Re: A drowning man catches at a straw

    Quote Originally Posted by conniemork View Post
    What is the meaning of the Idiom 'A drowning man catches at a straw'

    I have also only heard it as "clutches" at a straw.

    It means that when you are in a very desperate situation, you will try anything to get out of it, even if it seems impossible to do so.

    I am not a teacher.

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