grope

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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.
References in classic literature ?
When he had filled one cart he had to grope around him until another came, and if there was none on hand he continued to grope till one arrived.
There's always compensation somewhere if you grope around.
They believe the widow was left to grope around for meals while at Good Hope Hospital, Birmingham.
You drop your contact lens down the sink of the hotel you are staying and you try to explain it in German or Russian or French and you grope around this alien land you are in for a week half blind.
Rather than let you grope around in the dark trying to figure out what M and W stand for, I'll put you out of your misery; It's a Minimum Wage Dress.
The days of jamming a tiny tooth underneath a huge pillow and making the Tooth Fairy blindly grope around under a heavy sleeping head are gone.
I have taken out most of the lightbulbs in the house and grope around in the dark to find my way around, until I find the chamber stick, light the candle and find my way to bed in the attic at Cato Towers
In other words, create a catastrophe and then grope around in the dark for a way out of it.
A SHULL OF COAL Put the light out grope around in the dark, It's amazing what you miss without the illuminating spark.
The better approach is to hide behind the shower curtain and grope around with the dials from there.
A brief light in the darkness is the customization system, where you upgrade and research new weapons, but that too is marred by terrible menus that force you to blindly grope around until you figure out how to do anything.
We were then left to grope around in the pitch dark, looking for the emergency exit.
You don't have to grope around blindly for automated sandwich line production equipment when you can get it all from Grote Company.
They're on less secure ground as they grope around the subject looking for remedies.
Write down the license plate," he says, and I grope around for a pen.