grope after (someone or something)

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

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