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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.
See also: cast
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As soon as he gained the power to build, he cast around for a suitable architect, lighting in Munich upon the unlikely figure of Paul Troost, who was neither young nor notably successful, and who died before his first large projects for Hitler were complete.
The iron insert is immersed in a bath of molten aluminum and placed in the mold, where the aluminum engine block is cast around it.
The Transparency of Evil reads our mass-media Sensurround of sameness and oneness between the lines of defense cast around the AIDS crisis.
The researchers built their synthetic antibodies out of polymers, using a technique called molecular imprinting to construct a cast around a target molecule.
Louis Perzyna in Kalisz streets - Poznan 79 - required for 3-seater cast around the clock every day of the week,- Torunska 7 - the required 2-person cast around the clock every day of the week.
Cast around for the person who'll inspire my kids in anything like the same way and I can't see a likely candidate.
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." A CELEBRATION of The Dillen takes place at 10am tomorrow at the Swan Theatre, Stratford.
"The Judges' Award is very special as it is a tribute to the show and to every single member of the production team, from the not unimportant people who drive the cast around, right up to the director."
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.
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.