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find the net

In sports that use netted goals (e.g., soccer, hurling, hockey, etc.) or hoops (e.g., basketball), to score a goal or point by sending the ball or puck into the net. Their offense played brilliantly today, but they just weren't able to find the net often enough to secure a win.
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all is fish that comes to his net

A phrase that describes one's ability to make use of anything available. I don't know how Chris fixed his car with the few tools he had with him at the time, but he's so smart like that—all is fish that comes to his net.
See also: all, come, fish, net, that

cast (one's) net wide

To consider a variety of options. I always encourage my students to cast their nets wide when contemplating potential careers.
See also: cast, net, wide

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."
See also: cast, net, wider

safety net

A collection of resources available for use in case of problems, often financial ones. With the unpredictability of freelance work, I always make sure I have money in my savings account as a safety net. Cuts to welfare are just one example of how society's safety net has been weakened.
See also: net, safety

slip through the net

To go unnoticed or undealt with; to be unintentionally neglected or ignored, especially in a corporate, political, or social system. With other issues like drug addiction and unemployment taking priority for the government, the welfare of children in the foster system very often slips through the net. We were all so busy drawing up the contracts for this new deal that the appreciation dinner we'd promised to our interns simply slipped through the net.
See also: net, slip, through

spread (one's) net wide

To consider a variety of options. I always encourage my students to spread their nets wide when contemplating potential careers.
See also: net, spread, wide

surf the Net

to browse around in the contents of the Internet. I spend an hour a day or more surfing the Net.
See also: net, surf

cast your net wider


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.
See also: cast, net, wider

slip through the net

1. If someone or something slips through the net, they are not helped or noticed by the people or system that should protect or deal with them. Somehow, these children have managed to slip through the net of health service providers. Faulty tests may mean infected animals are slipping through the net. Despite being the female lead in the most successful film of 1989, Kensit seemed to slip through the net of casting directors. Note: You can also say fall through the net with the same meaning. Doctors are concerned that patients will fall through the net under the new system.
2. If someone who is behaving illegally slips through the net, they avoid being noticed and caught by the system that is meant to catch them. Police admit that under the new system, the killer would probably still have slipped through the net.
3. If illegal goods slip through the net, they are not found by the system which is meant to discover them. A shipment of 44 kilos of cocaine slipped through the customs net at Gatwick. Note: The usual American expression is fall through the cracks.
See also: net, slip, through

slip (or fall) through the net

escape from or be missed by something organized to catch or deal with you.
1977 Margaret Drabble The Ice Age Britain is, after all, a welfare state, and not many slip through its net.
See also: net, slip, through

surf the net

move from site to site on the Internet.
Surf here comes from channel-surfing , the practice of switching frequently between channels on a television set in an attempt to find an interesting programme.
See also: net, surf

cast/spread your net ˈwide

consider a wide range of possibilities or cover a large area, especially to try to find somebody/something: Unless we spread our net a bit wider, this company will never get enough business.
See also: cast, net, spread, wide

slip through the ˈnet

when somebody/something slips through the net, an organization or a system fails to find them/it and deal with them/it: We tried to contact all former students, but one or two slipped through the net.
See also: net, slip, through

net result

n. the final result after all the assets and liabilities have balanced out. I don’t care about the little things. What is the net result?
See also: net, result

surf the net

tv. to browse through the offerings of the internet. He surfs the net for three hours each evening.
See also: net, surf
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Netter Bays Jones should take full advantage of her company-sponsored retirement plan, "Under her current plan, AT&T will match two-thirds of every dollar she puts in to her 401(k), up to 6%," says Netter, "She shouldn't let an opportunity like that slip away.
Netter was a producer on "BASEketball" and "High School High" and an executive producer on "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "Naked Gun 33 1/3.
the website located 77-81 avenue du Docteur Arnold Netter in the 12th arrondissement of Paris is currently hosting sports equipment set available by RATP to the Metropolitan Transport Union Sportive () USMT.
In addition to winning the 2010 Netter Award, the company has received numerous honors including: FREDDIE Awards, Interactive Media Awards, Association of Medical Illustrator Awards, Institute for Healthcare Advancement Health Literacy Awards and Health and Science Communication Association Awards.
Elsevier purchased the publishing rights to the famed Netter art library and has a division dedicated to publishing up-to-date references with his illustrations at their core.
Contract notice: Market prime contractor for the demolition and reconstruction of a building located 64 avenue du docteur arnold netter in paris 12eme
Illustrated by 4,000 plus Netter and Netter-style color drawings, the handouts are organized alphabetically into 20 specialties such as cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and general surgery.
Current board members are Michonski; Steven Leader, president of Leader Realty; Cornelia Netter, head of Netter Real Estate; Cynthia Crowley, a broker and relocation specialist with Olshan Realty, Inc.
A fabless SoC provider, headquartered in Kfar Netter, Israel, with sales and marketing in Santa Clara, California, Lucid's innovations are protected by more than 60 patents and patents pending.
The Netter collection of medical illustrations; musculoskeletal system part II -- spine and lower limb, 2d ed.
The Kings' final goal Sunday was a short-handed empty netter by Joe Corvo.
KFAR NETTER, Israel & LAS VEGAS -- Available this month and marking the beginning of a new era in high-performance multi-core graphics, MSI's Big Bang Fuzion motherboard powered by LucidLogix Technologies (Lucid) HYDRA 200 enables the first ever mix-and- match multi-core GPU enabled system.
Iannotti and Parker (orthopedic surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine) supply medical students and researchers with classic musculoskeletal illustrations from Frank Netter, along with additional illustrations, radiographic and advanced imaging, and current information on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of orthopedic diseases and conditions.
Then, Palffy finally got around to scoring one of his own on an empty- netter in the final second of the game that ended the Kings' nine-day Canada swing and their three-game losing streak.
Vinod Gupta, chief executive officer of infoUSA([R]), (NASDAQ:IUSA), the leading provider of proprietary business and consumer databases, sales leads, direct marketing, and email marketing, issued the following statement today in response to continued attacks on the company by hedge fund Dolphin Limited Partnership and its front man, Don Netter.