feel around

feel around (for someone or something)

1. To grope around for something, especially in the dark or a similar situation where one's vision is limited. I had to feel around for the light switch for a minute before I was able to find it. The frightened child felt around for her parents in the pitch-black tent. I'm feeling around under the couch, but I don't think your phone is down here, Mom.
2. To attempt to gain knowledge, insight, or information (about someone or something), especially in uncertain, indirect, or surreptitious ways. It's clear that the company is feeling around for an excuse to get them off the hook for the disaster. We're still feeling around for people who might be interested in investing in our new product. I've spent a lot of time feeling around since the accident, but there are still no clear answers about what happened.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

feel around (for someone or something)

 and feel about (for someone or something)
to try to find someone or something by feel [rather than sight]. He felt around for the soap in the bathtub. She felt about for the dog at the foot of the bed, but it wasn't there. Gerald felt about for a pencil.
See also: around, feel
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

feel around

v.
To explore something by the sense of touch, especially when seeking an item: If you feel around in the sock drawer, you'll probably find your missing earrings.
See also: around, feel
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
It's simply what I feel around, the whole atmosphere of the place, the whole atmosphere you seem to create around you with these brutes Sarson and Meekins; and those white-faced, smooth-tongued Marconi men of yours, who can't talk decent English; and the post-office man, who can't look you in the face; and Miss Price, who looks as though she were one of the creatures, too, of your torture chamber.
"Everyone has fitted in really well and there is a really good feel around the place at the moment.
"Also, there's a great feel around the country and everyone will be buzzing."
Evertonians did not look forward to going to Goodison, it had become a chore, the team were not good to watch and the feel around the place was toxic.
"Our focus is on creating a community feel around the entire building by designing distinctive areas for people to meet and collaborate," said Jeff Siegel of ML7.
Fantastic family feel around the place which is refreshing in the Premier League with all the money that is around."
There is a very positive feel around Carlton and as a group we know the sky is the limit for us this season."
Blinded by smoke Paul Caisley, 30, manager at Grainger Games in the Metrocentre, who lives next door to Mr Stappard and taxi driver Mr Fenwick, 57, who lives opposite, crawled into the terraced property using their hands to feel around for the pensioner.
Hughton also feels that being appointed manager and the club's removal from the market has helped bring a more relaxed feel around United's Benton base, with players now aware of TURN TO PAGE 70
"It's vitally important that we get through to the semi-finals and create a good feel around the club.
The need to forget our normal existence, to step outside the confines of our everyday lives and to experience an almost childlike wonder and enjoyment of what we see, hear and feel around us is something that is within us all and should be expressed without hesitation.
In one of these, Do you know how I feel around you, 2002, a wildly exaggerated shadow profile falls across Olofsson's passive form and flickers to life as her body rotates in space, suggesting physical and psychological possession.
Last year, she said: "At 70, I'm in fine fettle for my age, sleep like a babe and feel around 12.
Feel around the breast to feel for any unusual lump, swelling, or mass under the skin of your right breast.