feel around (for someone or something)

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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 ?
While they gasped and choked and sputtered and felt around wildly for that rogue of a beggar, he finished the job by picking up the cloak by its corners and shaking it vigorously in the faces of his suffering victims.
I felt around. No, I had come to the main corridor, and still there was a breathing space between the surface of the water and the rocky ceiling above.
Hastily the man felt around the interior, groping blindly through the darkness with outstretched hands.
He hesitated, for he did not at that moment want to see anyone, and her uncouth way seemed out of place amid the happiness he felt around him; but he had divined her sensitiveness to affront, and since she had seen him thought it would be polite to speak to her.
'Laura accompanied her mother to the door, clinging close to her all the way, until they arrived at the threshold, where she paused, and felt around, to ascertain who was near her.
He felt around upon the ground beside him searching for some missile, and at last his fingers touched a stone and closed upon it.
From time immemorial, the hands of the Siouxes had been turned against their neighbours of the prairies, and even at this day, when the influence and authority of a civilised government are beginning to be felt around them, they are considered a treacherous and dangerous race.
The tremor of the earthquake, which was felt around 10:08 p.m.
The quake, at an "intermediate depth" of around 110 kilometres, was felt around the country and even hundreds of miles away in the capital city of Lima, local authorities reported.
In episode two, the effects of the bombing are being felt around the world - but Daniel's problems are much closer to home.
The quake's intensity, which gauges the actual effect of the tremor, registered a 4 on Taiwan's 7-tiered scale in inland parts of Yilan County, but the tremor was felt around most of the northern part of the country.
The strong earthquake in off north Lombok at 6.46pm today was also felt around Sumbawa Island, Bali Island and East Java.
The Njoro-Narok road will experience the interruptions between April 24 and 25 around Egerton while interruptions on the Nakuru-Kabarak road will be felt around Miti Moja on the 25th and 26th of April.
(TAP)- The US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget impasse before the start of the working week when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the country.