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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.
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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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And with a talented cast around him, he got to work up close with Sutherland, who played Jack Bauer in 24.
The new year has opened to talk of yet another downturn as Britain and its major trading partners cast around for ways to drive growth in their economies while struggling still to come to terms with the financial excesses of their pasts.
The show really caught the imagination of the community - with more than 200 local people involved playing soldiers, children, pea-pickers, boatmen and women - and everyone following the cast around Stratford.
But rather than admit it even to himself, he's cast around for an another reason and that's why he's blaming you.
George W Bush cast around for a new hate focus when the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked in 2001, and found Al Qaeda.
Jane Joseph has gathered a fine ensemble cast around which everything revolves, namely Richard De Vere (the villainous Fleshcreep and also director), talented dancer Marc Lawlor (Spirit of the Beanstalk) and the outstanding Gareth Wilde (Dame Trott).
Taxi firms have benefited from contracts to transport cast around and catering firms provided food on set.
If, as some believe, John David Booty is better than Matt Leinart -- since he's supposedly winning with a less-talented cast around him -- why wasn't the little rootie-tootie included in the final three (with N.
Lopez is suitably sweet and charming in a particularly undemanding role, but there is a very strong supporting cast around her, with Wanda Sykes as Viola's long-suffering and extremely sarcastic assistant particularly fine.
It's tempting to cast around for others to blame, but defeated leaders should always look in the mirror first.
Freeman moves his cast around with fluent precision, creating exciting tableaux for the ceremonials (thought the Grand March is more of a run-on and general assembly than triumphant procession) and ensures that the protagonists keep in regular visual contact with the audience on three sides.
Lewis, from Callow End in Worcestershire, has cast around for a Wembley ticket, but passed up the opportunity of taking two from a pal who supports Chelsea, and he admitted: "I'll be very content to sit with yon cat and see the game at home.
Apart from the anticipated sensation of stepping into a void, there have been other unexpected feelings produced by engaging with a transparent pathway: the delight in the early morning of seeing the prisms of light cast around by sunlight through glass, or the disorienting Never Never Land experience of having your shadow snipped off and silhouetted on the pavement metres below.
It is also easy to fill and cast around heating tubes to permit improved temperature control.
Alf fished open ended feeder with dead red maggot on the hook and cast around 40 yards to the small island from point peg 55 on Bluebell bank.