- 1[uncountable] stems of wheat or other grain plants that have been cut and dried. Straw is used for making mats, hats, etc., for packing things to protect them, and as food for animals or for them to sleep on a mattress filled with straw a straw hat compare hay
- 2[countable] a single stem or piece of straw He was leaning over the gate chewing on a straw.
- 3(also drinking straw) a thin tube of plastic or paper that you suck a drink through Idioms
to try all possible means to find a solution or some hope in a difficult or unpleasant situation, even though this seems very unlikely I know I'm just clutching at straws here, but is it possible that the doctors are wrong?
clutch/grasp at strawsjump to other results
to decide on someone to do or have something, by choosing pieces of paper, etc. We drew straws for who went first.
draw straws (for something)jump to other results
the last in a series of bad events, etc. that makes it impossible for you to accept a situation any longer
the last/final straw, the straw that breaks the camel's backjump to other results
used to say that you cannot work without the necessary material, money, information, etc.
you can't make bricks without strawjump to other results