cast about for

cast about for (something)

1. To search for or seek something by looking randomly or in many places. (In fishing, "casting" is the act of throwing one's fishing line or net into the water.) Although Pam has taken classes in a variety of disciplines during her three years at college, she's still casting about for a major.
2. To create a plan or method for doing something. The boss wants us to cast about for a way to improve that floundering program.
See also: cast

cast about for

v.
1. To devise a means of doing something; contrive something: The general cast about for methods of defeating the enemy.
2. To search for someone or something: We cast about for a good campsite. The agency has been casting about for new ideas ever since their last advertising campaign failed.
See also: cast
References in classic literature ?
But not a sign of them appears, so now will be the hard work for the hounds, and there is nothing for it but to cast about for the scent, for it is now the hares' turn, and they may baffle the pack dreadfully in the next two miles.