feel about (for someone or something)

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feel about (for someone or something)

To grope around for something, especially in the dark or a similar situation where one's vision is limited. I had to feel about for the light switch for a minute before I was able to find it. I'm feeling about under the couch, but I don't think your phone is down here, Mom.
See also: feel, someone
References in classic literature ?
In both groups conversation wavered, as it always does, for the first few minutes, broken up by meetings, greetings, offers of tea, and as it were, feeling about for something to rest upon.