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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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