grope (around/about) for (someone or something)(redirected from gropes about for someone)
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.
See also: grope
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