EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAW
Joe picked his straw hat from a chair and stood turning it in his hands.
After the good-night to my neighbour, I tumbled into my straw and slept soundly, animal-like.
"Sure I'm only rowling a wisp of straw on my leg," replied Hosey.
The tenacity of this straw makes it very valuable for such purposes.
The hallways were strewn with straw and the litter of packing.
If intended for poultry, the slips of bacon should not be thicker than a straw.
Cover the bottom of a large boiler or kettle with saw-dust or straw.
"It's a drowning man's straw," he said, a little breathlessly.
What do you say to a kind of a straw color, all lit up with tulips?
The enclosure was very hot and stuffy; there was a smell of dust and straw.
Old English streaw "stems or stalks of certain cereals," literally "that which is scattered or strewn," related to streowian (see strew), from Proto-Germanic *strawam "that which is scattered" (cf. Old Norse stra, Danish straa, Swedish strå, Old Frisian stre, Old Dutch, Old High German stro, German Stroh "straw"), from PIE *stere- "to spread" (see structure (n.)). The notion is of dried grain stalks strewn on a floor as carpeting or bedding. As 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 1832. The last straw is from the proverb of the camel. 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.