cast (one's) net wider

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cast (one's) net wider

To broaden one's search or criteria for something, thus giving oneself more options. A: "I don't know why John has only applied to Ivy League schools when he only has average grades." B: "I know, I've told him to cast his net wider."
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cast your net wider

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cast the net wider

COMMON If you cast your net wider or cast the net wider, you include a larger number of people or things, especially when considering or choosing someone or something. The easiest way to find members is through friends of friends but if you want to cast the net wider, put an ad in your local bookshop. We will cast the net wider to look at other factors too. Note: You can also say that you cast your net wide, meaning that you include a large number of people or things. Clarke, as director of training, decided to cast the net wide in the search for the best candidates. England's selectors have been careful to cast their net wide to prepare for the World Cup. Note: The verb spread is sometimes used instead of cast. Ferguson advised him to spread the net wide in his search for players. Police had searched the local area and found nothing so they were spreading their net wider.
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Martinez has already started lining up his targets for the post-season but will now cast his net wider into Europe to find the players who can turn Everton into Champions League contenders.
Martinez had already started lining up his targets for next season but will now cast his net wider into Europe to find the players who can turn Everton into Champions League contenders.
However, Steutel has cast his net wider in a bid to complement the core of homegrown players who competed for TN last season.
The Italian will cast his net wider in the next few months as he plans for the Euro 2012 campaign, but he sees no reason to think 'seniors' such as Shay Given and Damien Duff won't stick around.
CHRIS MOYLES' QUIZ NIGHT, Channel 4, Sunday, 10pm: Chris seems to have run out of guests who've climbed a mountain with him, so he's having to cast his net wider.
NEWCASTLE owner Mike Ashley was left to cast his net wider in the search for a buyer as several potential Middle Eastern investors denied any interest last night.
But Scolari denies his focus will be on European success, instead choosing to cast his net wider.
With two celebrated albums under his belt, he cast his net wider and contributed to the film soundtracks of Uno (2004) and Unsuitable (2005) before beginning work on All Maps Welcome, his third album, which was recorded and released in 2005.
He's forced to cast his net wider to locate a suitable bride, and heads for the mainland, where a series of misunderstandings leave him fleeing the police while still seeking an ideal mate.
75m colt trained in Japan but has decided to cast his net wider.
Having trawled the Dutch waters and caught some big fish the Little General hasn't fared so well as he's cast his net wider.
Further down the line, he's hoping to cast his net wider and take in other parts of the country.
But there is one reason why he can afford to cast his net wider than he ever has before: Everton Football Club.
Shepherd yesterday denied he has approached Allardyce yet, and could still cast his net wider, although the ex-Bolton man is favourite.
Aaron Mauger may also be considered, but Henry admitted he would cast his net wider than the current Tri-Nations party.