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#1 2012-09-05 22:57:35

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 971

"grasping at stars" for "grasping at straws"

Desperate straits call for desperate measures. A drowning person will clutch at straws or lash about as if to grasp the stars strewn across the heavens. Straw is also strewn; the words are directly related, to my surprise. To grasp at stars imparts a kind of noble but hopeless beauty to your struggles.

Before I can endorse this theoretical therapy for my patients, I need at least some evidence. [Patients only ask me who are] grasping at stars for a solution to their recurrent miscarriages.
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“There must be something – something you can do. Are you full certain that you cannot pull out?”
“Yes, I’m certain,” he replied quietly.
I tried to think of more possibilities, but I felt that I was grasping at stars.

This is what drives me nuts about Mariotti. He will say anything to draw attention to himself. Even if he is grasping at stars.
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I didn’t want to have to stay with only one stranger who wore fishnet tights and shirts even teenagers become too conservative to wear.
“Um . . . I can’t stay at Amu’s?” I asked grasping at stars.

To equate the actions of communism with atheism is clutching at stars at best.
Atheist zealot

Last edited by burred (2012-09-05 23:03:54)



#2 2012-09-06 03:32:43

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2211

Re: "grasping at stars" for "grasping at straws"

“Straws” and “stars” would be close cousins for non-rhotic speakers of English.



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