grope in the dark

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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
References in classic literature ?
Candy, hitting back smartly, said that Mr Franklin himself was, constitutionally speaking, groping in the dark after sleep, and that nothing but medicine could help him to find it.
Her hands began to move slowly, as if she was groping in the dark.
Enough, and more than enough, of groping in the dark," he said.
Upon his upturned face falls the gentle touch of a soft hand groping in the dark, and then a girl's voice in a scarcely audible whisper pronounces his name.
As the tears streamed fast down poor Jo's cheeks, she stretched out her hand in a helpless sort of way, as if groping in the dark, and Laurie took it in his, whispering as well as he could with a lump in his throat, "I'm here.
The face of the down showed the white scar of the quarry where not more than sixteen hours before Fyne and I had been groping in the dark with horrible apprehension of finding under our hands the shattered body of a girl.
Twice and thrice have men found their way here," the White Cobra answered savagely; "but they never spoke till I came upon them groping in the dark, and then they cried only a little time.
A DAY after a triple murder in the Uttam Nagar area of West Delhi, the police are still groping in the dark.
The outfit s onslaught to bring electricity to some 92 villages that are still groping in the dark is the main substance of a protocol agreement it signed with the Cameroon Government in May 2012.
Most people probably don't know we're groping in the dark.
Summary: DUBAI -- At last, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the sailors who were literally groping in the dark aboard the stranded Korean vessel Samho Dream.
Orphans are often left behind, groping in the dark without knowing what they are entitled to,' said John Engole, a community social worker who has been teaching will-writing to people in the Uganda-Kenya border town of Busia.
Hoffner and his assistant, Hans Fichte, methodically follow every small clue, groping in the dark, until they find Rosa's body.
I can understand the desire not to show all one's cards in a negotiation, but the effect has been to delay the progress under way at the WTO in Geneva and leave the rest of the world groping in the dark.
when it comes to border security, we're still groping in the dark.