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


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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'I would also like to advise clubs to cast their nets wider and get alternative sources of money.
Surging house prices and a lack of choice for buyers have meant many people in the younger generation have had to cast their nets wider in the search for a home they can afford.
The decision to trim the participating teams to 10 in the next edition has thrown up a fresh challenge for UAE and has left them with no option but to cast their nets wider and think out of the box.
House prices in London in particular have surged over the last year and some recent housing market studies have suggested that more house hunters are starting to cast their nets wider than the capital.
With two years to go for the next World Cup, Ahmed also emphasised on the need for PCB to cast their nets wider in order to pick a proper team.
So the experts have cast their nets wider and are searching for a solar system where the planets are aligned like ours.