grope in the dark

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
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Even after about two weeks of the natural calamity, authorities continue to grope in the dark with regard to missing fishermen.
The Supreme Court has failed to provide guidance on the parameters of this area of law, leaving lower courts to grope in the dark.