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    thru is offline Member
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    Default fumble/feel/grope one's way

    Hi,
    Are the three idioms:feel one's way/fumble one's way/grope one's way the same meaning and interchangeable in the following contexts?

    1."I felt my way/fumbled my way/groped my way to a seat in the dark cinema."

    2."I somehow felt my way/groped my way/fumbled my way through Thailand without knowing a single word of Thai."
    (Does the word 'through' mean 'all over Thailand'?)

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: fumble/feel/grope one's way

    1- All are fine
    2 This is a figurative usage rather than a literal one and 'fumbled' is the one I'd use.

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    Default Re: fumble/feel/grope one's way

    Hi Tdol,
    Thank you for helping me figure them out. And does the word 'through' in the sentence mean 'all over an area'?

    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by thru; 19-Feb-2007 at 16:56.

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    Default Re: fumble/feel/grope one's way

    It could, but it doesn't have to; it does imply that you travelled to a number of places.

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