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
    • They were red and Katrina's mind groped for the word.
    • ‘Rhea, please,’ she called, groping for words, but finding none.
    • 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.
    • I watch, fascinated as I can see him searching, desperately searching, groping for the words.
    • That is an admirable statement of something I was groping blindly to try to express - thank you.
    • But divers grope with words to express the gap between the experience and the recollection.
    • Yet today, thousands of years after man first put this question to himself, he is still groping for an answer.
    • He listened patiently and I groped for the words.
    • He spoke rapidly, fervently, occasionally groping for the right 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.
    • They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Nevertheless, as the attack grew ever more frenzied, I still somehow managed to retain the presence of mind to grope for the necessary remedy.
    • 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.
    • The building was - Liz groped for a decent word - compact.
    • Obviously grateful for that flash of candor, he started groping for the words that might express his incredulity.
    • Perhaps he groped for words he had not yet been taught.
    • 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.
    • I groped for encouraging words, I fumbled for motivational encouragement, but the words just refused to be found.

transitive verb

  • 1informal

    (person)
    manosear
    toquetear
    meterle mano a informal
    magrear Spain informal
    • 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.
    • Along about midnight I was awakened by a man's hands groping me.
    • The girl told her the defendant had been touching her, interfering with her and groping her.
    • They were practically groping him, grabbing his shoulders and tugging on his shirt, even as he turned to leave.
    • Aren't you going to shout at me for groping you?
    • She went off into the throng of people being groped on the dance floor.
    • Why should I just sit back and let those sluttish women flirt and grope him?
    • At least it looks better than the poorly-disguised groping you two are pulling off right now.
    • 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.
    • This was a loser who thought he could get away with groping her on the court.
    • Nathan felt his anger flare as he watched the man grope at Marie.
    • A shop assistant accused of groping a customer as he measured her for a ‘perfect pair of jeans’ has been cleared of molesting her.
    • And what's more, I understand that he actually gropes people who work on his show.
    • A police PR chief who wrote an anti-sexism guide for officers has been sacked for groping colleagues and downloading porn.
    • A doctor accused of groping a woman patient during an eye examination yesterday admitted touching her breast.
    • As I got closer, I saw that he was groping her and saying disgusting things.
    • He had been groping me all over up until that point.
    • But I don't want you sneaking around, groping your boyfriend and thinking you're pulling off a fast one.
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    to grope one's way toward sth avanzar a tientas hacia algo
    • He stood and groped his way to the edge of the clearing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Neither my dad nor Chad said anything while I carefully groped my way upstairs.
    • Whirling, she groped her way through the hotel's revolving side door.
    • 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.
    • Anywho, after that disaster was all said and done, I groped my way downstairs.
    • Now we groped our way by flashlight up deeply weathered steps to the top of the tallest pyramid.
    • I groped my way along the bottom of the boat and popped up into the rapids.
    • 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.
    • I groggily got out of bed and groped my way to the medicine chest.
    • The stream fell away beneath me, and I clambered and groped my way down a wet and slippery rock face, nearly falling.
    • 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.
    • The wife gets out of bed and gropes down the dark corridor barefoot.
    • 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.
    • Rather than accepting her offered hand, the lad felt for the support beam and groped his way back to his feet.
    • She felt around and realised it was a tent she had landed in and groped her way out.
    • 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?
    • Feeling cranky all over again, Matthew stood up abruptly and groped his way to the kitchen.

noun

informal, humorous

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    to have a grope darse el lote Spain informal
    • But there are limits: the grope must take place in a semi-private cubicle, in a strip club, and can't involve touching genitals.
    • After a few gropes, and more kissing, I made my excuses and left.
    • 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?
    • 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?
    • But the ‘brushes’ became definite gropes and feels.
    • We stood at the public bar and demanded schooners, copping the jeers, sexual jibes and gropes of the regulars.
    • Under that umbrella in Colorado as I understand it, this could be anything from a mild grope to almost rape.
    • Before then, dope smoke and the fast grope made a trip to the seashore in March seem acceptable.
    • By all accounts, his under-the-table gropes and nightclub come-ons had women fleeing in their droves.
    • And although he admired the breasts, he never dared instigate a quick grope of them.
    • When I was a student, the odd grope was as far as it went.
    • The warriors made quite a fuss over Sara as she moved among them, making boozy offers and launching flagrant gropes.
    • 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 of the gropes, the bullying, the sadistic humiliations he said he was responsible for?
    • David and I are often to be found by our friends having a quick grope, like a couple of teenagers.
    • I was surprised as I felt the sudden grope of two hands upon my rear.