grope

(redirected from gropingly)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

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

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

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

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

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

group-grope

n. a real or imagined group of people engaged in sexual activities. That party turned into a hopeless group-grope.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
This exploration," he added, "can be made gropingly. That is how it is generally done.
We are thus made to understand that thought contains that which contains it as well; it is shaped by that to which it can only tentatively, gropingly attempt to give shape in turn.
Traditionally the university had ben a residential campus which built a solid reputation for teacher education and good classroom teaching for a gropingly diverse set of academic programs.
Sanctus is quite enough to break down the whole 'began gropingly in the Middle ages but won thru to perfect mastery in Palestrina & Vittoria' fable.
It was unique, one wants, gropingly, to say, not because of the content of the alms in whose service it was put into effect, but because the aims in whose service it was put into effect had no content in the ordinary sense; were in a certain sense vacuous; were phantom or spectral aims; the stuff of nightmare or the sleep of reason, not the stuff of ordinary crime.
The program notes lament the loss of their "guide" and the fact that they must now "move gropingly, by only their own strength...as if they were again unknowns."
We come not to destroy distinctive nationality, but to fulfil what men have searched after gropingly; and for the enrichment of the world to retain and purify all that is not evil .
We had to save or lose our- selves gropingly in this irreversible time.
As Manzoni has constructed his narrative, what follows this offer is a kind of suppressed negotiation by which Piazza, then Mora, and later still others, gropingly manufacture a structure of criminal conspiracy from the questions, denials, insinuations, and responses of their inquisitors, casting out confessions and accusations almost at random until they hit upon one that quiets the judges' impatience.
(17) While Shelley's poetics gropingly reveal both the violence and the violent consequences of the sublime--as the author himself seems to be coming to terms with that violence through the poetry--Kant's "Third Critique" provides a conceptual framework for Shelley's realizations, as well as an illuminating and sympathetic brief for the essential violence of the sublime.
Describing Leggatt's departure, the narrator explains: "Our hands met gropingly, lingered united In a steady, motionless clasp for a second....
They had proceeded thus gropingly two or three miles further when on a sudden Clare became conscious of some vast erection close in his front, rising sheer from the grass.
However, once the past is (gropingly) recalled, its poetic "Circumference" is disseminated: the past "burns" like a "mouth" and imprints its own intentions into the present poet's brain.