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    Tokyolily is offline Junior Member
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    Two questions...

    1) A native speaker of English once told me that the word "grope" always has a sexual connotation. Is this true? Is it inappropriate to say,"We are still groping for a solution to this problem?"

    2) Does the expression,"It's all in hand" mean everything is under control?


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    1) The word "grope" only occassionaly has sexual connotations. ("We are groping for a way out of our difficulties.") However, "We are still looking for a solution" is probably better.

    2) Yes.

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    Re: Two questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by Yuri Yoshikuni
    1) A native speaker of English once told me that the word "grope" always has a sexual connotation. Is this true? Is it inappropriate to say,"We are still groping for a solution to this problem?"

    2) Does the expression,"It's all in hand" mean everything is under control?


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    I agree with Ron about groping only sometimes having anything to do with fondling.

    People grope around in the dark, looking for other things than body parts.

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    grope (grōp)

    v., groped, grop·ing, gropes.

    v.intr.
    To reach about uncertainly; feel one's way: groped for the telephone.
    To search blindly or uncertainly: grope for an answer.
    v.tr.
    To make (one's way) by reaching about uncertainly.
    Slang. To handle or fondle for sexual pleasure.
    n.
    The act or an instance of groping.

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    We also grope for words when we find it hard to say what we mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We also grope for words when we find it hard to say what we mean.
    Do the words slap us?

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