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straw poll
straw/cowboy/bowler etc hat
▪ That was the final straw for Hall!
▪ It was the final straw for those requiring some degree of musical consistency from the guy.
▪ It was the final straw, being trapped like this in her own flat.
▪ This very nearly was the final straw.
▪ But for many in the markets, this was the final straw.
▪ The dark glasses were the final straw as far as my schoolmates were concerned.
▪ The final straw was when the government put up the price of rice yet again.
▪ This press conference was the final straw for some officers, including a former Commander-in-Chief, General Challe.
▪ Rose had drawn the short straw, and was thus forced to seek Lord Westbourne clasping the Romanov dagger.
▪ And the short straw was this fat thick club.
▪ They both have advantages and they're both vulnerable to the cosmic short straw.
▪ Ascot Sunday, and an attentive Edmund - straw boater, white flannels.
▪ She pictured a straw boater and a bicycle and as her smile spread he abruptly faced her.
▪ Their clerks, mostly in straw boaters, hurried along.
▪ Jimmy was bare-headed and Dad wore a straw boater tipped over his eyes.
▪ Hanging up on the pegs were three or four hats and among them a straw boater.
▪ She wore a cream linen suit, a black straw boater, and black gloves.
▪ Removal of the straw boater revealed a head of sleeked-down dark hair - a man's head of hair.
▪ Little flames were breaking through the brim of Charlie's straw hat.
▪ Dotty herself was in the garden, a straw hat of gigantic proportions crowning her untidy thatch of hair.
▪ White straw hat, £9.99, Miss Selfridge.
▪ She was dressed in a white frock and a round white straw hat.
▪ Plain straw hat, about £10, Sandra Philips Simple, summery, swinging.
▪ She was there every single night, a formidable figure in her long, black skirt, cardigan and black straw hat.
▪ He leaned over her, removed her cheap hatpin and her old straw hat.
▪ Mainly because of their vests and straw hats that were very narrow and turned up all around.
▪ Whether Lorenz's critics were firing a straw man is unimportant.
▪ The creationist position in the Origin is never merely a straw man to be knocked down.
▪ And, like Sir Geoffrey and Mr Heseltine, he routinely sets up federalism as a straw man to knock down.
▪ Then, pocketing the money, she placed the box back underneath the straw mattress and rolled Granny on to her back again.
▪ Isabel bounced once against the plump straw mattress, then made a frantic bid for freedom.
▪ At first it was pleasant to lie back on the straw mattress and relax.
▪ It was an iron bed with two folded blankets on it and a thin straw mattress.
▪ There was a new straw mattress and brass bedsteads on which the morning sun glittered like gold.
▪ If the straw mattress was an inch out of line with the plank bed base, his food was reduced by one meal.
▪ Then they laid her back on the straw mattress and covered her with a sheet.
▪ It is a straw poll but our analysis suggests these problems are widespread.
▪ That was the straw which broke the camel's back and in the following 16 minutes United's game fell apart.
▪ It was probably the straw that broke the camel's back.
▪ The last straw that breaks the camel's back is indeed the proximate cause of that misfortune.
▪ Burrows, now clutching at straws, looked into it and became more and more interested in the actor.
▪ Green ponds should not be a problem now, but come next summer, you may be clutching at straws.
▪ In this context of impending war, Nizan began clutching at straws.
▪ But if that was what Adams wanted, well, he was willing to clutch at any straw.
▪ And as they get ready for the Big One, the title decider, the lads will clutch at every available straw.
▪ Rose had drawn the short straw, and was thus forced to seek Lord Westbourne clasping the Romanov dagger.
▪ But sometimes you grasp at straws.
▪ For now, researchers admit that they are still grasping at straws.
▪ Then she had been lying in the nursery rocking chair as stuffed with straw as Andy and Teddy were full of beans.
▪ I am only a Scarecrow, stuffed with straw.
▪ The Scarecrow stuffed himself with fresh straw and Dorothy put new paint on his eyes that he might see better.
▪ Buster Keaton would never have worn a straw hat, he stresses, and London is scoured for a felt one.
▪ Tell Louella to wear her new straw.
▪ The demonic figures wearing ugly masks and straw and brushwood clothes are intended to scare away evil spirits.
▪ She wore a large white straw hat and looked as if she'd just been to church.
▪ She was still wearing the ugly straw that she had put on for morning church.
▪ Jimmy was bare-headed and Dad wore a straw boater tipped over his eyes.
▪ Eleanor wore a pretty straw hat.
be clutching at straws
▪ Green ponds should not be a problem now, but come next summer, you may be clutching at straws.
be the last straw
▪ For Amy this was the last straw.
▪ For some reason that Jinny did not quite understand, it was the last straw.
▪ For some, the effort to silence Zundel was the last straw.
▪ His electoral thefts were the last straw.
▪ Mr Brown said the planned charges were the last straw for customers already angry over banks' high-handed attitude.
▪ My getting this malignancy is the last straw, in her opinion.
▪ Sending in bailiffs was the last straw.
▪ Transport pressure groups believe this will be the last straw for some services.
draw lots/straws
▪ Did you ever draw straws when you were a kid?
▪ It is a curious turn around from the days when bondholders pleased to be bought out and were driving to drawing lots!
▪ She took it thoughtfully like some one choosing a straw when drawing lots.
▪ The players alternate between the white and black pieces and draw lots to determine who plays white in today's first game.
▪ Then we drew lots to decide the order in which we should improvise, night by night.
▪ They drew lots to decide which should first seize his lady, and fortune favored Ephialtes.
▪ They also took turns administering the city-state, drawing lots to settle who would take on which job.
draw the short straw
▪ I'm only here because I drew the short straw.
▪ Rose had drawn the short straw, and was thus forced to seek Lord Westbourne clasping the Romanov dagger.
draw/get the short straw
▪ Rose had drawn the short straw, and was thus forced to seek Lord Westbourne clasping the Romanov dagger.
▪ A piece of straw drifted to the ground.
▪ A regular item was the purchase of carrots, straw, oats etc. for the animals.
▪ At the point where the air and water meet, the straw appears to bend.
▪ Have her seal a straw in another bag in the same way you did the first one.
▪ If you use straw as bedding for farm animals, generally speaking you improve the welfare of those animals.
▪ It is looking at using other products, such as straw, to help make Yellow Page directories.
▪ The boats are made mostly of rice straw, woven and bound together.
▪ They include using straw to make compost, paper ... and even chocolate cake.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Straw \Straw\, v. t. To spread or scatter. See Strew, and Strow.


Straw \Straw\, n. [OE. straw, stre, stree, AS. stre['a]w, from the root of E. strew; akin to OFries. str[=e], D. stroo, G. stroh, OHG. str[=o], Icel. str[=a], Dan. straa, Sw. str[*a].

  1. A stalk or stem of certain species of grain, pulse, etc., especially of wheat, rye, oats, barley, more rarely of buckwheat, beans, and pease.

  2. The gathered and thrashed stalks of certain species of grain, etc.; as, a bundle, or a load, of rye straw.

  3. Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing; a mere trifle.

    I set not a straw by thy dreamings.

    Note: Straw is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, straw-built, straw-crowned, straw-roofed, straw-stuffed, and the like.

    Man of straw, an effigy formed by stuffing the garments of a man with straw; hence, a fictitious person; an irresponsible person; a puppet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English streaw (rare) "stems or stalks of certain species of grains," apparently literally "that which is scattered or strewn," related to streowian (see strew), from Proto-Germanic *strawam "that which is scattered" (cognates: Old Norse stra, Danish straa, Swedish strå, Old Saxon stro, Old Frisian stre, Old Dutch, Old High German stro, Dutch stroo, German Stroh "straw"), from PIE *stere- "to spread" (see structure (n.)). The notion perhaps is of dried grain stalks strewn on a floor as carpeting or bedding.\n

\nAs a type of what is trifling or unimportant, attested from late 13c. Meaning "hollow tube through which a drink is sucked" is recorded from 1851. To draw straws as a means of deciding something is recorded from 1779 (the custom probably is older). As an adjective, "made of straw," mid-15c.; hence "false, sham." Straw poll is from 1932; earlier straw vote (1866). Straw hat first attested mid-15c. To clutch (or grasp or catch) at straws (1748) is what a drowning man proverbially would do. The last straw (1836 apart from the full phrase) is from the proverbial image: "it is the last straw that breaks the camel's back" (or, less often, the mare's, the horse's, or the elephant's), an image in use in English by 1755.\n\nLet it not, however, be inferred that taxation cannot be pushed too far : it is, as the Oriental proverb says, the last straw that overloads the camel ; a small addition, if ill-timed, may overturn the whole.

["The Scots Magazine," April 1799]


a. 1 Made of straw. 2 Of a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw. n. 1 (context countable English) A dried stalk of a cereal plant. 2 (context uncountable English) Such dried stalks considered collectively. 3 (context countable English) A drinking straw. 4 a pale, yellowish beige colour, like that of a dried straw. 5 (context figurative English) Anything proverbially worthless; the least possible thing.


adj. of a pale yellow color like straw; straw colored

  1. v. cover or provide with or as if with straw; "cows were strawed to weather the snowstorm"

  2. spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all over the carpet" [syn: strew]

  1. n. plant fiber used e.g. for making baskets and hats or as fodder

  2. material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds [syn: chaff, husk, shuck, stalk, stubble]

  3. a yellow tint; yellow diluted with white [syn: pale yellow]

  4. a thin paper or plastic tube used to such liquids into the mouth [syn: drinking straw]


Straw is an agricultural by-product, the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed. Straw makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has many uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket-making. It is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bundle of straw tightly bound with twine or wire. Bales may be square, rectangular, or round, depending on the type of baler used.

Straw (disambiguation)

Straw is an agricultural by-product of cereal plants.

Straw may also refer to:

  • Straw (colour)
  • Drinking straw
Straw (band)

Straw were an English post-Britpop band that released one album, Shoplifting, in 1999.

Straw (colour)

Straw is a colour, a tone of pale yellow, the colour of straw.

The first recorded use of straw as a colour name in English was in 1589.

Straw (cryogenic storage)

A cryopreservation straw is a small storage device used for the cryogenic storage of liquid samples, often in a biobank or other collection of samples. Their most common application is for storage of sperm for in-vitro fertilization.

Ideally such straws should be made of a material that is chemically inert, biocompatible and have physical characteristics that make them resistant to ultra-low temperatures and pressures created by their storage conditions, resulting in the expansion of liquids and liquid nitrogen.

Straw (card game)

Straw (a.k.a. "Straw: The Game that Broke the Camel's Back") is an Arabian-nights-themed card game designed by Richard James (of Evertide Games) and published by Alderac Entertainment Group in 2008, with artwork by Octographics. The game is packaged with a rule book in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, but the cards themselves use numbers and symbols instead of just text.

Players draw from a common draw deck and maintain a hand of 4 cards representing items of varying weight. At a rate of 1 card per turn, players place cards onto the camel until the camel's back breaks from carrying too much weight, restoring a new card to their hand from the deck afterward. The person who breaks the camel's back scores 0 and all other players score the weight in their hand. Hand management is the key mechanic in this multi-round survival-style game.

Usage examples of "straw".

When the boy could finally catch him, he dumped Ambo into the common pen, where the ferret began rummaging round in the straw on some weaselly concern.

She took it thong and all into her treasure ball among the straw, though truly, Ambo, our big hob I mean, it may be that Ambo did steal it from her later.

Christianson were attempting to update the autopilot in order to find a good stretch of empty space to jettison the crew when Bill walked in alone, having drawn the short straw.

That was the wake-up tube he now held loosely in his mouth: the Banzai Pipeline of soda straws.

Horace Guester was out in the barn stuffing straw into new bedticks, so Alvin asked Old Peg for use of the sleigh.

He could have been in his straw right now, Bern thought, a little desperately.

Next to Jenny was Elspeth in a dim-green stuff, thin, besprent with small flowers, a fine white kerchief, and a wider straw hat.

Never before have they seen a gathering so gay with muslins, straw hats, sunshades, bonnets, little bootees, handkerchiefs, bows and fichus.

Then Lobkyn stooped the broken stump to seize, Bowed brawny back and with a wondrous ease Up by the roots the rugged bole he tore And tossed it far as it had been a straw.

Staring at the floor and the black wing-tipped shoes, glowing under ages of wax, her eyes moved up the black worsted trousers shining at the knees, to the breviary held under the same arm as the straw hat, and up to the face.

He reached down to the bench and picked up his breviary and straw hat, but did not leave.

He carried Brewster into the smithy and prepared a straw bed, well away from the forge, just to be on the safe side.

She wore a plain, tight-fitting grey gown, a small straw hat of the brimless kind, and a white linen collar about her neck.

They ran laughing, Janine clutching her wide brimmed straw hat, and Roland trying to shield her from the storm of confetti that swirled around them.

The fat huckster-women drowsing beside their wares, scarce send their voices beyond the borders of their broadbrimmed straw hats, as they softly haggle with purchasers, or tranquilly gossip together.