cast about for (something)(redirected from casts 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.
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.
cast about for
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.