grope in the dark

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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
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Commentators at large were too preoccupied with the cosmetics of a withering administration, which, when not caught physically groping under the table, was continually groping in the dark over Brexit.
A DAY after a triple murder in the Uttam Nagar area of West Delhi, the police are still groping in the dark. The wife of an excise department official and their two children were found murdered at their house late on Monday.
Summary: DUBAI -- At last, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the sailors who were literally groping in the dark aboard the stranded Korean vessel Samho Dream.
'Orphans are often left behind, groping in the dark without knowing what they are entitled to,' said John Engole, a community social worker who has been teaching will-writing to people in the Uganda-Kenya border town of Busia.
Hoffner and his assistant, Hans Fichte, methodically follow every small clue, groping in the dark, until they find Rosa's body.
After four years, one can still feel the troupe groping in the dark, trying to find a formula that works, the way Oakland Ballet found Diaghilev-era dances to build on.