cast about


cast about
verb
search anxiously
Syn: ↑beat about, ↑cast around
Hypernyms: ↑research, ↑search, ↑explore
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

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transitive verb
: to lay plans concerning : consider, contrive

cast about how he was to go

1.
a. : to turn one's course
b. of a ship : to go about
2. : to seek here and there : look around : search

cast about for means of amusement — Rudyard Kipling

casting about for something he is likely to be able to do for a living — G.N.Shuster

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cast about (or around)
search far and wide (physically or mentally)

he is restlessly casting about for novelties

Origin:
from a hunting term meaning ‘(of a hound) go in all directions looking for game or a lost scent’

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • cast\ about — • cast about • cast around v literary 1. To look everywhere; search. The committee was casting about for an experienced teacher to take the retiring principal s place. 2. To search your mind; try to remember something; try to think of something.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cast about — ► cast about (or around or round) search far and wide. Main Entry: ↑cast …   English terms dictionary

  • cast about — (for (something)) to try to find something. She spent years casting about for a career before she opened her own restaurant. Etymology: based on the idea of someone who fishes by casting (= throwing) a line or net in first one pool of water and… …   New idioms dictionary

  • cast about — v. (d; intr.) to cast about for ( to seek ) (to cast about for a solution) * * * [ kɑːstə baʊt] (d; intr.) to cast about for (to cast about for a solution; to seek ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cast about — also[cast around] {v.}, {literary} 1. To look everywhere; search. * /The committee was casting about for an experienced teacher to take the retiring principal s place./ 2. To search your mind; try to remember something; try to think of something …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cast about — also[cast around] {v.}, {literary} 1. To look everywhere; search. * /The committee was casting about for an experienced teacher to take the retiring principal s place./ 2. To search your mind; try to remember something; try to think of something …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cast about — verb Date: 1575 intransitive verb to look around ; seek < cast about for a seat > transitive verb to lay plans concerning ; contrive < cast about how he was to go > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cast about — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To try to find something: hunt, look, quest, search, seek. See SEEK …   English dictionary for students

  • cast about — v. look around, search eagerly; contrive, devise …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cast about — Consider, revolve in the mind, ponder, search, seek, inquire …   New dictionary of synonyms