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grope in the dark

1. Literally, to feel about without the use of one's eyes, as due to blindness or an absence of light. I was groping in the dark down in this basement for ten minutes before I could find a light switch.
2. To seek (something) in a blind, aimless, or uncertain manner, especially to find a solution, meaning, or sense of purpose. We've been groping in the dark for a way to pay our mortgage, but I just don't see how we'll be able to afford it. Pretty much everyone gropes in the dark at some point or another, trying to figure out the meaning of life.
See also: dark, grope

grope (about) (for someone or something)

 and grope (around) (for someone or something)
to feel around blindly for someone or something. In the darkness, he groped about for his glasses. Fran groped for the light switch and found it.

grope after someone or something

to reach for a departing or fleeing person or thing awkwardly or ineffectually. The feeble hand groped after the departing form. I groped after the cat as it ran under the bed.
See also: after, grope

grope (around)

(for someone or something) Go to grope (about) (for someone or something).

grope at someone or something

to reach for someone or something blindly. She groped feebly at the form she could hardly see. Sharon groped at Frank as he ran out to get the doctor.
See also: grope

group-grope

n. a real or imagined group of people engaged in sexual activities. That party turned into a hopeless group-grope.
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The Victorians got rid of a lot of the Grope Lanes around the country, it has only remained in Shrewsbury," Dr Baker said.
Others say it got its name because it was so dark down there that you had to grope your way around.
FREDDIE Starr has suffered heart palpitations after a woman accused him of trying to grope her when she was 14, his fiancee claims.
All four employees claim Ross gave them gifts, tried to grope them and made inappropriate suggestions.
The William Hill bookies worker said: "I would be out in town and people thought they had free rein to grope me.
He would fondle and grope them in the back of the van.
FILM SET ANTICS: Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Schriver; GROPE ALLEGATIONS: Anna Richardson, Denise Van Outen and Melanie Sykes
It was Justin Timberlake's turn to grope Kylie's buttocks as the couple performed a duet at Thursday's Brit awards event at London's Earls Court.
Dear Miriam MY husband is 43 and can be very affectionate but he thinks it's OK to grope my breasts and tweak my nipples when the fancy takes him.
She pushed him away, the boyfriend added, when he tried to grope her further.
Police are hunting a serial sex attacker who gropes terrified shoppers in busy city centre streets.
Choreographer Brian Friedman said he's been forced to ban the "nightmare" wildcard from turning left or right because he automatically gropes the dancers.
BIG DAY SHAME: Rodgers drunkenly groped women; VENUE: The gropes took place at Simon House