straw ( straws plural )
1 n-uncount Straw consists of the dried, yellowish stalks from crops such as wheat or barley.
The barn was full of bales of straw..., ...a wide-brimmed straw hat.
2 n-count A straw is a thin tube of paper or plastic, which you use to suck a drink into your mouth.
...a bottle of lemonade with a straw in it.
3 If you are clutching at straws or grasping at straws, you are trying unusual or extreme ideas or methods because other ideas or methods have failed.
clutch at straws phrase V inflects
...a badly thought-out scheme from a Government clutching at straws.
4 If an event is the last straw or the straw that broke the camel's back, it is the latest in a series of unpleasant or undesirable events, and makes you feel that you cannot tolerate a situation any longer.
the last straw phrase usu v-link PHR
For him the Church's decision to allow the ordination of women had been the last straw...
5 If you draw the short straw, you are chosen from a number of people to perform a job or duty that you will not enjoy.
the short straw phrase usu v PHR
...if a few of your guests have drawn the short straw and agreed to drive others home after your summer barbecue.
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