Out of desparation, the act of reaching or stretching for a solution, no matter how irrational or inconsequential. Literally - a drowning person who, unable
to find any substantial floatation
immediately at had, attempts to save
himself from certain death by grabbing hold of a few stray pieces of straw floating
on the water within
The Senator from
red-handed sending lewd and lascivious
text messages to underage male pages, was clutching at straws for an alibi and escape. Alcoholism? Resignation?