grope
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grope(
grop
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to feel around)
a. andar a tientas
In this game, the blindfolded person has to grope around the room trying to find the others.En este juego, la persona con los ojos vendados tiene que andar a tientas por la habitación buscando a los demás.
b. tantear
He was groping with his feet, trying to get a foothold.Tanteaba con los pies, intentando encontrar un punto de apoyo.
2. (to feel for; used with "for")
a. buscar a tientas
I got out of bed, groping for the light switch.Me levanté y busqué el interruptor a tientas.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to search for; used with "for")
a. esforzarse por encontrar
She was groping for words to describe the horrors she had witnessed.Se esforzaba por encontrar palabras que pudieran describir los horrores que había presenciado.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to struggle)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I was groping in the dark, trying to discover why I felt the way I did.Yo daba palos de ciego, intentando de descubrir por qué me sentía así.
We are still groping to understand what this decision will mean for us.Seguimos en la oscuridad, tratando de comprender las consecuencias que esta decisión tendrá para nosotros.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to fondle)
a. manosear
There's an old lech in the office who gropes all the women.Hay un viejo verde en la oficina que manosea a todas las mujeres.
b. meter mano a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I hate it when someone tries to grope me on the subway.Odio que alguien intente meterme mano en el metro.
c. toquetear
A drunken man at the party tried to grope her.En la fiesta, un hombre borracho intentó toquetearla.
6. (to find by feeling)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I groped my way back to the tent in the dark.Volví a la tienda a tientas en la oscuridad.
Sam groped his way along the ledge, refusing to look down.Sam avanzó a tientas por la cornisa, resistiéndose a mirar hacia abajo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(act of fondling)
a. el toqueteo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Apart from the odd grope at a party, he didn't have any experience with women.Aparte de algún toqueteo que otro en una fiesta, no tenía ninguna experiencia con las mujeres.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
John's parents returned home and caught them having a grope on the sofa.Los padres de John volvieron a casa y los pillaron metiéndose mano en el sofá.
We used to take advantage of the darkness in the movie theater to have a grope.Aprovechábamos la oscuridad del cine para toquetearnos.
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grope
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a.
to grope one's way forwardavanzar a tientas
2. (colloquial)
a. meter mano a (sexually)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a.
to grope (about) for somethingbuscar algo a tientas
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grope [ɡrəʊp]
intransitive verb
(also grope around) (also grope about) andar a tientas; tantear
to grope for sth buscar algo a tientas
transitive verb
1
to grope one's way (through/towards) avanzar a tientas (por/hacia)
2
to grope sb (sexually) toquetear a algn
noun
(sexual)
they had a grope se estuvieron toqueteando; se estuvieron metiendo mano (informal)
...taking you back to his hotel room for a quick grope Many girls have been attacked - usually for their money rather than a quick grope The great thing about Christmas parties is that you can have a quick snog or a grope with someone you've fancied for ages because the next day you can blame the wine she was getting fed up with all this groping
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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