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There is a specific word for your effort when you can't find something because of no light around. Please help?

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    By 'There is a specific word for your effort when you can't find something because of no light around.' do you really mean 'Is there a specific word for your effort when you can't find something because there is no light to see by?'? 'Fumbling around in the dark' is a reasonably common expression. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 10 '17 at 17:12
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    "Groping in the dark" is one more related expression .. – Monzoor Jan 10 '17 at 17:13
  • @Monzoor yes, groping in the dark. You stole my words :) – alwayslearning Jan 10 '17 at 17:14
  • I just checked 'grope' and it sounds perfect in my case. Thank you @monzoor. – Khan Jan 10 '17 at 17:16
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    Well yes! Feels like I won the buzzer round. – Monzoor Jan 10 '17 at 17:18
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Grope (verb) — ODO

  1. Search blindly or uncertainly by feeling with the hands

"she groped for her spectacles"
"He kneeled down, looking under the seat, and he groped blindly for the pen, stretching to get it."

But be careful using it, because it has another definition.

  1. (informal) Fondle (someone) for sexual pleasure roughly or clumsily, or without the person's consent
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    There is also fumble, which is perhaps a little safer. – Mick Jan 10 '17 at 17:31
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    As testified by the number of medieval streets known for prostitution in British towns and cities, called Gropecunt Lane (which were mostly changed to something else in a later, more decorous, age). This is the one in Oxford, known as Gropecunt Lane from 1205, now known as Magpie Lane. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0f/… – WS2 Jan 10 '17 at 17:33

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