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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

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

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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Shortly after the elderly had placed the flat's key in the keyhole to open the door, the Pakistani came and groped her.
A], November 9 ( ANI ): Last month, actor and former NFL player Terry Crews, asserted that he was once groped by a high level Hollywood executive.
com/who-annamarie-tendler-john-mulaneys-wife-accuses-ben-affleck-groping-2600587) Annamarie Tendler also claimed he had groped her, saying he grabbed her backside during a Golden Globes after party in 2014.
Swift last week told the court he groped her "bare ass cheek" and said his actions were "despicable".
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said Harris groped the girl in the Saturday Superstore green room in 1983.
Tembo, who graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in 1990, left one victim in tears after he groped and kissed her in 2015.
No one has apologised [or] been held accountable… Now that same Interior Ministry promised to put its weight behind prosecuting that piece of shit who groped me.
Questioned by Ms Ward's advocate, David Price QC, Starr rejected the allegation that he had groped the teenager in Savile's dressing-room.
Within 20 minutes, another stranger on a different motorbike, groped her.
He groped these girls and that is quite unacceptable.
ROLF Harris groped a television make-up artist more than "two dozen" times in a single day, a court heard.
He added: "I could give you the names of four women, three of them very famous, who have groped me - stuck their hands between my legs and squeezed - but I'm not going to give them.
When I was outside with the ambulance people he was saying: 'You groped my girlfriend'.
The Foreign Ministry said Monday it has sacked its diplomat who allegedly groped children in a swimming pool in Brazil, where he was stationed.
A 57-YEAR-old woman was groped as she waited at a zebra crossing in the Black Country, police said.