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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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Prosecutors charged the suspect with groping but the suspect pleaded not guilty when he showed up before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Tuesday.
The photographer who snapped the picture also testified that she witnessed the alleged groping.
The overseas Filipino worker's story was supported by a CCTV footage, which captured the whole groping incident.
You were fooling about, groping them, touching their bottoms and touching their breasts," he said.
An expat businessman accused of groping a woman's bottom in a busy Dubai bar has told how the claim has destroyed his life.
Iran's embassy in Brasilia had initially defended the diplomat--and infuriated many Brazilians--by issuing a statement claiming the groping allegations were the result of a "cultural misunderstanding.
They are the latest in a string of male masseurs and hotel staff who have accused married Travolta of groping them or soliciting them for sex.
David Simpson, R-Longview, delivers his "personal privilege" speech after the Texas House of Representatives fails to pass his anti-TSA groping bill.
Shareholding system reform in China; privatizing by groping for stones.
Motin Rahman, 36, who at the time owned the Schooner Hotel in Alnmouth, Northumberland, admitted groping the 15-year-old before offering her money to get in the back seat of his car.
A BIRMINGHAM GP accused of groping three patients has been found not guilty of serious professional misconduct.
Nine railways in the Tokyo metropolitan area and a subway operated by the Tokyo metropolitan government partially introduced women-only cars during the morning rush-hour period to prevent groping.
A 20-year-old transient suspected of groping a teenage girl in a Eugene hotel room last week was arrested Saturday morning as he slept under a bridge at Coburg Road and Interstate 105, police said.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rang up private legal bills of more than pounds 275,000 last year, much of it apparently to defend himself and campaign aides in libel cases related to groping allegations.
CALIFORNIA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rang up private legal bills of more than pounds 275,000 last year, much of it to defend himself and campaign aides in libel cases related to groping allegations.