Translation of grope in Spanish:

grope

andar a tientas, v.

Pronunciation /ɡroʊp//ɡrəʊp/

intransitive verb

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    andar a tientas
    to grope for sth buscar algo a tientas
    • they were groping for / after a solution estaban dando palos de ciego, tratando de hallar una solución
    • to grope around / about tantear
    • How absurd and self-defeating it would be to argue that artists should or can continue to grope blindly, trusting to accident or mere intuition.
    • Lincoln was groping for answers, was a huge reader of the Bible, but not a member of a formal religious denomination, especially early in his career.
    • Yet today, thousands of years after man first put this question to himself, he is still groping for an answer.
    • I groped for encouraging words, I fumbled for motivational encouragement, but the words just refused to be found.
    • Obviously grateful for that flash of candor, he started groping for the words that might express his incredulity.
    • That is an admirable statement of something I was groping blindly to try to express - thank you.
    • I watch, fascinated as I can see him searching, desperately searching, groping for the words.
    • He listened patiently and I groped for the words.
    • I had seen it before on the faces of Alzheimer's sufferers, as they groped blindly for something they knew they should remember but couldn't quite grasp.
    • ‘Rhea, please,’ she called, groping for words, but finding none.
    • They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope.
    • But divers grope with words to express the gap between the experience and the recollection.
    • He spoke rapidly, fervently, occasionally groping for the right word.
    • Perhaps he groped for words he had not yet been taught.
    • When you're not sure about the exact structure of the page, though, it's better to grope blindly through all the content with a minimum of assumptions.
    • The building was - Liz groped for a decent word - compact.
    • It seems that many are groping for words that will cause people to pause and think again, not simply reject what is being said based on resistance to its form and style.
    • Nevertheless, as the attack grew ever more frenzied, I still somehow managed to retain the presence of mind to grope for the necessary remedy.
    • They were red and Katrina's mind groped for the word.
    • If there are conflicting reports, it's important to interrupt your narrative masterpiece to note that and let the reader grope toward his or her own version of the truth.

transitive verb

  • 1informal

    (person)
    manosear
    toquetear
    meterle mano a informal
    magrear Spain informal
    • At least it looks better than the poorly-disguised groping you two are pulling off right now.
    • He had been groping me all over up until that point.
    • He was groping her under her shirt with his right hand while his left hand was trying to get through the waist band of her pants.
    • According to the scientists, who carried out the studies, the octopus gropes potential partners with what they term a ‘specially modified arm’ to establish the sex of the partner.
    • As I got closer, I saw that he was groping her and saying disgusting things.
    • She went off into the throng of people being groped on the dance floor.
    • This was a loser who thought he could get away with groping her on the court.
    • But I don't want you sneaking around, groping your boyfriend and thinking you're pulling off a fast one.
    • And what's more, I understand that he actually gropes people who work on his show.
    • Along about midnight I was awakened by a man's hands groping me.
    • Nathan felt his anger flare as he watched the man grope at Marie.
    • Aren't you going to shout at me for groping you?
    • The girl told her the defendant had been touching her, interfering with her and groping her.
    • A doctor accused of groping a woman patient during an eye examination yesterday admitted touching her breast.
    • A police PR chief who wrote an anti-sexism guide for officers has been sacked for groping colleagues and downloading porn.
    • Some plain-clothes police beat, abused and sexually groped women demonstrators.
    • I don't want to date someone who has to let people grope him.
    • They were practically groping him, grabbing his shoulders and tugging on his shirt, even as he turned to leave.
    • A shop assistant accused of groping a customer as he measured her for a ‘perfect pair of jeans’ has been cleared of molesting her.
    • Why should I just sit back and let those sluttish women flirt and grope him?
  • 2

    to grope one's way toward sth avanzar a tientas hacia algo
    • Rather than accepting her offered hand, the lad felt for the support beam and groped his way back to his feet.
    • Blearily I pulled on my dressing gown and groped my way to the front door, making ready to have a go at somebody for having the audacity to come a-calling so early on a Sunday morning, but there was nobody there.
    • Anywho, after that disaster was all said and done, I groped my way downstairs.
    • I groggily got out of bed and groped my way to the medicine chest.
    • I groped my way along the bottom of the boat and popped up into the rapids.
    • Feeling cranky all over again, Matthew stood up abruptly and groped his way to the kitchen.
    • They walked along the slippery wooden deck to the raised rear section of the ship, entered the door the dwarf had taken, and groped their way through the dark to the rear of the ship.
    • The wife gets out of bed and gropes down the dark corridor barefoot.
    • She groped her way back to her cell, where she dragged out the damp-smelling futons and piled on a heavy wad of assorted bedding.
    • When he regained consciousness, it was dark, and he groped his way down to the village, where a doctor dressed twenty separate wounds that he had suffered in the fall.
    • Should we not commemorate in some fashion a young man who worked here among our ancestors and who groped his way through the darkness of the unknown and lit a lamp along the path?
    • Neither my dad nor Chad said anything while I carefully groped my way upstairs.
    • She felt around and realised it was a tent she had landed in and groped her way out.
    • The staging of scenes in which the lights go out - actually up - and the actors grope around on stage while the audience can see every move could be silly, but works brilliantly.
    • He stood and groped his way to the edge of the clearing.
    • The stream fell away beneath me, and I clambered and groped my way down a wet and slippery rock face, nearly falling.
    • Now we groped our way by flashlight up deeply weathered steps to the top of the tallest pyramid.
    • Whirling, she groped her way through the hotel's revolving side door.
    • As instructed, he turned off the headlights and slowly groped his way through the icy ruts, squinting to see by the parking lights' feeble orange glow.
    • He felt his way along the corridor, groping in the darkness for the door he knew would lead outside, facing the east gate.

noun

informal, humorous

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    to have a grope darse el lote Spain informal
    • We stood at the public bar and demanded schooners, copping the jeers, sexual jibes and gropes of the regulars.
    • I was surprised as I felt the sudden grope of two hands upon my rear.
    • Under that umbrella in Colorado as I understand it, this could be anything from a mild grope to almost rape.
    • And that meant he could have a good grope in the dark.
    • Certainly, his behaviour was less than civilized: finding her asleep on the floor, he does the good thing of covering her up but takes the chance of a bit of a grope as he does so, for which he gets a good slapping.
    • What mathematical model could account for the happily married successful man risking marriage and career for a meaningless drunken grope with the office tart at the Christmas party?
    • But there are limits: the grope must take place in a semi-private cubicle, in a strip club, and can't involve touching genitals.
    • By all accounts, his under-the-table gropes and nightclub come-ons had women fleeing in their droves.
    • The warriors made quite a fuss over Sara as she moved among them, making boozy offers and launching flagrant gropes.
    • David and I are often to be found by our friends having a quick grope, like a couple of teenagers.
    • Yet, I'd never got more than the odd snog and a bit of a drunken grope, while everyone else was at it like rabbits.
    • Were threats really worse than innocent gropes?
    • When I was a student, the odd grope was as far as it went.
    • What of the gropes, the bullying, the sadistic humiliations he said he was responsible for?
    • After a few gropes, and more kissing, I made my excuses and left.
    • Before then, dope smoke and the fast grope made a trip to the seashore in March seem acceptable.
    • And although he admired the breasts, he never dared instigate a quick grope of them.
    • But the ‘brushes’ became definite gropes and feels.