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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 (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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We believe the Oacis solution provides significant benefits to health care organizations," said Mark Groper.
Aussie singer Dannii, 27, was relaxing at the bar after a gig in Belfast when the groper struck.
I have to say that the judgments about Russia aired by members of the Trump campaign and people from his entourage were quite tough" Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov "The idea that we have shared values with a racist, misogynistic, self-confessed groper beggars belief" Ed Miliband, former Labour leader, on Donald Trump "That Obama creature, loathsome individual who couldn't stand our country and said we would be at the back of the queue.
In an attack on Trump and Tories hailing his victory, former Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "The idea we have shared values with a racist, misogynistic, self-confessed groper beggars belief.
Dishy Dannii, a shapely 34D-24-34, was at the bar of the Stena Line HSS Enterprise in the early hours of the morning when the groper struck.
In an attack on Mr Trump and Tories hailing his victory, former Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "The idea we have shared values with a racist, misogynistic, selfconfessed groper beggars belief.
Denise recently got new Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger into a spot of hot water when tapes of a Big Breakfast interview surfaced, and she admits it was all her fault: "I said to him, 'I hear you're a bit of a groper.
Just as Suarez was outed as a serial biter, Jara is now exposed as a serial groper.
And if she grabs you like that again, ask her if she wants her boyfriend to know she's a groper.
GROPER Dave Lee Travis stands condemned by his own arrogant lack of remorse.
GROPER cop Andrew Burt was found guilty of indecently assaulting three women.
He went on, 'Mr Burton is a touchy- feely groper who has never done anything else other than just touch, but not in the most private parts.
A SERIAL groper who preyed on women in the street was jailed for six months yesterday.
A DRUNKEN groper whose policewoman victim had wept in court as she relived her ordeal escaped jail last night.