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He tried to buy everything for her, hoping that she would come back someday, but he was clutching at straws.

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He tried to buy everything for her, hoping that she would come back someday, but he was clutching at straws.

Is this sentence correct?

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Yes, it is. ;-)
 

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bread said:
He tried to buy everything for her, hoping that she would come back someday, but he was clutching at straws.

Is this sentence correct?

Thanks :eek:

Here is an explanation of the idiom:

grasp at straws

Also, clutch at straws. Make a desperate attempt at saving oneself. For example, He had lost the argument, but he kept grasping at straws, naming numerous previous cases that had little to do with this one. This metaphoric expression alludes to a drowning person trying to save himself by grabbing at flimsy reeds. First recorded in 1534, the term was used figuratively by the late 1600s.


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bread said:
He tried to buy everything for her, hoping that she would come back someday, but he was clutching at straws.

Is this sentence correct?

Thanks :eek:

Here is an explanation of the idiom:

grasp at straws

Also, clutch at straws. Make a desperate attempt at saving oneself. For example, He had lost the argument, but he kept grasping at straws, naming numerous previous cases that had little to do with this one. This metaphoric expression alludes to a drowning person trying to save himself by grabbing at flimsy reeds. First recorded in 1534, the term was used figuratively by the late 1600s.


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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


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