Definition of feel one's way in English:

feel one's way


  • 1Find one's way by touch rather than sight.

    ‘he felt his way back to the stairs’
    • ‘A mouse uses its whiskers to feel its way around.’
    • ‘I stepped towards the door, and felt my way up three steps.’
    • ‘Residents said the white cane he uses to feel his way around reminded them of the staff used by bishops during religious ceremonies.’
    • ‘Katie tip toed through the dark apartment, feeling her way around to make sure she didn't run into any sharp edges.’
    • ‘She pushed, desperately feeling her way along it.’
    • ‘They are climbing in virtual total darkness; they have to feel their way up, by the way of trials.’
    • ‘He placed a hand on either side of the tunnel trying to feel his way down the stairway.’
    • ‘She crawled across the hard floor, feeling her way to the other wall.’
    • ‘Knowing the layout well enough to find the cups in the dark, she felt her way around.’
    • ‘It was a bit tougher going than the way up, feeling his way down.’
    grope, fumble, scrabble, pick, poke, explore
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    1. 1.1 Proceed cautiously, especially in a situation that is unfamiliar.
      ‘she was new in the job, still feeling her way’
      • ‘It will not be broken by feeling our way into the future with tenative leaders.’
      • ‘At this stage in the game the housemates are still feeling their way, positioning themselves for the long haul.’
      • ‘You have to have some sort of form in which to feel your way toward God.’
      • ‘You know, being new to the position, I still had to feel my way through.’
      • ‘Its more of a guideline to feel your way into the gaming world.’
      • ‘Over recent years we have been feeling our way towards more openness.’
      • ‘Both countries were feeling their way towards the most effective policies.’
      • ‘Like any good show feeling its way through, we are never sure what she is meant to be.’
      • ‘I am part of a generation which is still feeling its way.’
      • ‘Novelists would have to feel their way towards a new literary process.’