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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygrasp at
he/she/itgrasps at
present participlegrasping at
past tensegrasped at
past participlegrasped at
  1. 1
    grasp at something to try to take hold of something

    Hands were grasping at his coat as he walked past.

  2. 2
    grasp at something to try and take the opportunity to do something

    She was grasping at the chance to escape her problems.

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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