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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 answer could be the deciding factor on whether it is wise to jump at a chance opportunity or whether it is better to grasp at straws from level ground.
The thing is not to grasp at straws," Mr Turnbull said.
Instead they have to grasp at straws and come up with nonsensical excuses.
Misuse of words by those in the insurance business will continue to cause a judge and insureds to grasp at straws.
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.