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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."
See also: cast, net, wider

cast your net wide/wider

to think about a large number of things or people when choosing the thing or person that you want If we don't get many interesting candidates this time round we may have to cast our net a little wider.
See cast eye over, throw in lot with
See also: cast, net, wide
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Maybe what needs to emerge from this conversation is the quick establishment of a constitutional convention which involves not only our elected leaders, the leaders of the business community but wider civil society as a whole.
Kickstarter has not only funded our first production; it has also proven public interest -- boys need more and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to make a difference," said Wider.
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