straw

straw
straw [strô]
n.
[ME stra < OE streaw, akin to streawian: see STREW]
1. hollow stalks or stems of grain after threshing, collectively: used for fodder, for bedding, for making hats, etc.
2. a single one of such stalks
3. such a stalk or, now esp., a tube of waxed paper, plastic, etc., used for sucking beverages
4. something, as a hat, made of straw
5. something of little or no value; worthless trifle
6. short for STRAW MAN (sense 4)
7. see LAST STRAW
adj.
1. straw-colored; yellowish
2. made of straw
3. of little or no value or significance; worthless; meaningless
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a straw in the wind
an indication of what may happen
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grasp at a straw or clutch at a straw or catch at a straw or grasp at straws or clutch at straws or catch at straws
to try any measure, however unlikely, that offers even the least hope
strawy
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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