grasp at - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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.

See also
See also main entry: grasp