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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.
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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

group-grope

n. a real or imagined group of people engaged in sexual activities. That party turned into a hopeless group-grope.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Her Thai co-worker, 28, confirmed her statement and said: "He slid his hands under her arms and groped her."
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When she got to the zebra crossing, the man reached across her and groped her chest.
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Female passengers generally had a good impression on the new system, with one saying, ''I feel relaxed because there's no chance of being groped.'' Another said, ''It was less crowded than I thought.
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