In this video one of the panel said "he is reaching for a banana" after seeing the robot got down on the desk. I thought this would be an idiom or some phrase that would be found in the urban dictionary, but I cannot find any hints on the Internet. Could anyone please tell me if it means something special in colloquial English?

  • It might be helpful if you look up "reach for" in a dictionary. Your sentence is similar to: "Kelly reached for his gun." in my view.
    – dan
    Sep 16, 2018 at 3:39

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No, it doesn't. It was meant literally here.

In the literal, physical sense, the "for" in "reach for something" indicates the thing that the person is trying to reach. I'm guessing you know this already, that's why you were looking for a non-literal usage.

I think you might have missed it but one of the guests says at 2:26

Where does the monkey go in?

He's joking that in reality a monkey enters the robot and controls it.

Then the robot slumps into this position enter image description here

and another guest (actually) says

I think it's reaching for a banana.

In my opinion, that arm gesture is commonly associated with primates. Also notice that there is a plate of fruits on the table, and next to the pineapple there is in fact a banana. The second speaker was just continuing the first speaker's joke, as a monkey would want to try to grab the banana. Otherwise, he was simply making a funny, but literal, observation.

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    Yes, a banana is in front of that robot. Sep 16, 2018 at 5:59

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