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Synonyms for straw

plant fiber used e

material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

a variable yellow tint

a thin paper or plastic tube used to suck liquids into the mouth

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cover or provide with or as if with straw

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spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

of a pale yellow color like straw

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The thing is not to grasp at straws," Mr Turnbull said.
Instead they have to grasp at straws and come up with nonsensical excuses.
As we grasp at straws to figure out the most defensible role for religion in the public square, we turn to history for exemplary guides.