Straw Poll

Also: Straw Vote. Meaning of Idiom ‘Straw Poll’ A straw poll (or vote) is an unofficial poll or vote used to see how people feel about an issue, candidate, etc. This term was originally used to describe an informal and non-binding “vote” taken in a small organization or group, used to help predict what would happen in the … Read more

Last Straw, the

Also: The Final Straw Meaning of Idiom “The Last Straw” The idiom ‘the last straw,’ as in “that’s the last straw,” refers to a minor happening, circumstance, etc. which, when added to a whole string of other annoyances, is finally too much to bear. When something is the last straw, a negative consequence is about to occur. … Read more

Grasping At Straws

Also: Clutching at straws Grabbing at straws Meaning of Idiom ‘Grasping at Straws’ To be grasping at straws means to be willing to do, say, or believe anything that offers even the slightest hope in a desperate situation, even though there is almost no chance for success.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to … Read more

Draw the Short Straw

Meaning of Idiom ‘Draw the Short Straw’ To draw the short straw, used metaphorically, means to get chosen to do some unpleasant or disagreeable task. The idiom does not mean that straws were actually drawn, only that someone who didn’t want to do it was chosen. This person could be said to have gotten the short end … Read more