cast about

cast around


verb

(intr, adverb) to make a mental or visual searchto cast about for an idea for a book

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Idioms and Phrases with cast about

cast about

1

Also, cast around. Seek, make a search, as in We cast about for the necessary tools, but couldn't find them in the garage. [Late 1600s]

2

Devise means, contrive, as in They cast about for new ways to increase revenue. This usage was first recorded in 1867.

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