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grope (around/about) for (someone or something)

1. Literally, to attempt to feel or locate something using only one's hands, as in the dark or when one is blind. In the game, one person is blindfolded and they have to grope around for someone to tag. I groped about for a light switch in the pitch-black room.
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 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 around for answers at some point or another in life.
See also: grope

grope after (someone or something)

To try, often unsuccessfully, to touch, catch, or grasp someone or something. I groped after Sally's hand as the car came careening down the street. Tanya groped after the string, but it slipped away, and the balloon floated toward the sky.
See also: after, grope

grope at (someone or something)

To try, often unsuccessfully, to touch, catch, or grasp someone or something. I groped at Sally's hand as the car came careening down the street. Tanya groped at the string, but it slipped away, and the balloon floated toward the sky.
See also: grope

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

group-grope

vulgar slang A scenario in which multiple, possibly many, people engage in sexual touching or activity. The rumor is that they used to host these creepy group-gropes at that mansion.

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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They were not clamping down on these red light areas, they were accepting them - and in most cases turning a blind eye to what was really happening down Grope Lane."
A police sergeant claimed to prosecutors that the suspect alleged during questioning that he grabbed the woman to prevent her from falling in the lift and maintained that he didn't grope her.
Then I notified my sister-in-law and told her that the defendant had intended to grope me.
Summary: Defendant said victim used to grope him and kept asking him to have sex with him
First, he grabs her hair and then gropes her before pulling her for a kiss.
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Police are hunting a serial sex attacker who gropes terrified shoppers in busy city centre streets.The man pounced on two teenagers and a woman in three separate attacks in Cardiff.