cast your net wider

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
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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.
See also: cast, net, wider
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To answer your question, yes, go ahead and re-apply for the position and give it your best shot.However, as the saying goes, don't carry all your eggs in one basket, cast your net wider for other opportunities even as you pursue this one.
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But when it comes to finding an interior designer, you may want to cast your net wider. After all, this person will be spending many hours with you designing your living spaces, and possibly making purchases involving tens of thousands of your dollars.
English theatre and television will always be there, but there's no reason why you can't cast your net wider.