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to feel after
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Feel \Feel\, v. i. 1. To have perception by the touch, or by contact of anything with the nerves of sensation, especially those upon the surface of the body. [1913 Webster] 2. To have the sensibilities moved or affected. [1913 Webster] [She] feels with the dignity of a Roman matron. --Burke. [1913 Webster] And mine as man, who feel for all mankind. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. To be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, persuasion, physical condition, etc.; to perceive one's self to be; -- followed by an adjective describing the state, etc.; as, to feel assured, grieved, persuaded. [1913 Webster] I then did feel full sick. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To know with feeling; to be conscious; hence, to know certainly or without misgiving. [1913 Webster] Garlands . . . which I feel I am not worthy yet to wear. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. To appear to the touch; to give a perception; to produce an impression by the nerves of sensation; -- followed by an adjective describing the kind of sensation. [1913 Webster] Blind men say black feels rough, and white feels smooth. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] To feel after, to search for; to seek to find; to seek as a person groping in the dark. "If haply they might feel after him, and find him." --Acts xvii. 27. To feel of, to examine by touching. [1913 Webster]