They say that the effects of this bore are felt up to the Brazilian frontier.
In the same manner every means must be felt up to the ultimate object.
He felt up there in the silver weather as the ugly duckling must have felt when he saw himself to be a radiant swan.
John Rosedew shut his eyes, and felt up for a disquisition, yet wanted to hear of his daughter.
And Roscoria felt up and down his strong young arm, and knew a complacent sense of muscle.
Wy, I knowed a long lathy-limbed josser as felt up to champion form.
His foot had come against the rock, and then he had felt up with his hands.
Then Barty had to be blindfolded and twisted round and round, and point out the north—when he felt up to it.
Nine—ten—then eleven o'clock came, and the day was one of the hottest I have ever felt up here.
Occasionally he came over and felt up inside the hollow on the bottom of the bottle.
Old English felan "to touch, perceive," from Proto-Germanic *foljan (cf. Old Saxon gifolian, Old Frisian fela, Dutch voelen, Old High German vuolen, German fühlen "to feel," Old Norse falma "to grope"), from PIE root *pal- "to touch, feel, shake, strike softly" (cf. Greek psallein "to pluck (the harp)," Latin palpare "to touch softly, stroke," palpitare "to move quickly"), perhaps ultimately imitative.
The sense in Old English was "to perceive through senses which are not referred to any special organ." Sense of "be conscious of a sensation or emotion" developed by late 13c.; that of "to have sympathy or compassion" is from c.1600. To feel like "want to" attested from 1829.
early 13c., "sensation, understanding," from feel (v.). Meaning "action of feeling" is from mid-15c. "Sensation produced by something" is from 1739. Noun sense of "sexual grope" is from 1932; from verbal phrase to feel (someone) up (1930).
v. felt (fělt), feel·ing, feels
To perceive through the sense of touch.
To perceive as a physical sensation, as of pain.
To be conscious of a particular physical, mental, or emotional state.
To touch, caress, or handle the buttocks, breasts, legs, crotch, etc; cop a feel (1930+)