“He was groping for some way to phrase the emotions that usually were kept securely locked up,” said Eleanor.
Instead, Republicans are groping for answers as the slow march toward the fiscal cliff leaves them ever more divided.
From daring to be different to erogenous zones to what to do with your hands—not groping!
President Obama seems to be groping for some middle approach both on overall strategy and troop increases.
We're not talking about groping (although that has its time and place, of course).
Sandy climbed down from the saddle, and waded about blindly in the shallow water, with groping hands.
Dorcas went to her bedroom, touching the walls, on the way, with her groping hands.
It is only at this point that sincere and groping minds can be helpfully influenced.
I caught at it, and, groping up the stairs, gained my high window-seat.
A year later, she was groping her way alone through another sunless bog, but this time she reached a rest for her feet.
Old English grapian "to feel about (as one blind or in darkness)," originally "lay hold of, seize, touch, attain," related to gripan "grasp at" (see gripe). Figurative sense is from early 14c. Indecent sense (marked as "obsolete" in OED) is from c.1200. Related: Groped; groping. The noun is Old English grap.
To touch, feel, caress, fondle, etc, with seeming or actual sexual intent (1250+)