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cast (some) light on (something)

To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something. We've hired a private investigator to help cast light on the clandestine dealings of the baron. These documents we've uncovered cast some light on how the late author's final book was meant to end.
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cast (some) light upon (something)

To reveal information or details about something; to clarify or help people understand something. (A more formal version of "cast (some) light on something.") We've hired a private investigator to help cast light upon the clandestine dealings of the baron. These documents we've uncovered cast some light upon how the late author's final book was meant to end.
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cast

/shed/throw light on
To provide information about or clarify (something).
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While he was putting up the other cast and coming down from the chair, the thought crossed my mind that all his personal jewellery was derived from like sources.
All these and more came flocking; but with looks Down cast and damp, yet such wherein appear'd Obscure som glimps of joy, to have found thir chief Not in despair, to have found themselves not lost In loss it self; which on his count'nance cast Like doubtful hue: but he his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth not substance, gently rais'd Their fainted courage, and dispel'd their fears.
As when bands Of Pioners with Spade and Pickaxe arm'd Forerun the Royal Camp, to trench a Field, Or cast a Rampart.
Wardour prepared to cast, without shaking the dice.
You will be luckier, young one, when you cast for yourself."
He first cast anchor at Botany Bay, visited the Friendly Isles, New Caledonia, then directed his course towards Santa Cruz, and put into Namouka, one of the Hapai group.
The first effect of this fatal organization was to trouble the glance which he cast upon things.
Meanwhile the young stranger had made his way through the crowd, but, as he passed, he heard all around him such words muttered as "Look at the cockerel!" "Behold how he plumeth himself!" "I dare swear he cast good William unfairly!" "Yea, truly, saw ye not birdlime upon his hands?" "It would be well to cut his cock's comb!" To all this the stranger paid no heed, but strode proudly about as though he heard it not.
In the meantime a whisper had gone around from those that stood nearest that this was none other than the great David of Doncaster, the best wrestler in all the mid-country, who only last spring had cast stout Adam o' Lincoln in the ring at Selby, in Yorkshire, and now held the mid-country champion belt, Thus it happened that when young David came forth from the tent along with Sir Richard, the blood all washed from his face, and his soiled jerkin changed for a clean one, no sounds of anger were heard, but all pressed forward to see the young man, feeling proud that one of the great wrestlers of England should have entered the ring at Denby fair.
Then Sir Richard called aloud, "Friends, this is David of Doncaster; so think it no shame that your Denby man was cast by such a wrestler.
But in after days, when the men that saw that wrestling bout were bent with age, they would shake their heads when they heard of any stalwart game, and say, "Ay, ay; but thou shouldst have seen the great David of Doncaster cast stout William of the Scar at Denby fair."
And in all the four corners of that court, fair staircases, cast into turrets, on the outside, and not within the row of buildings themselves.
Everything the vines touched they crushed, and our adventurers were indeed thankful to have escaped being cast among them.
"Why, they are driving us toward the Black Pit, into which they threatened to cast us," replied the kitten.
Following in the footsteps of other heavyweights such as John Deere Foundry, Waterloo, Iowa, Mercury Castings, Fond du Lac, Wis., and American Cast Iron Pipe Co., Birmingham, Ala., Hayes Montague receives this recognition for its vacuum riserless casting/pressure riserless casting (VRC/ PRC) process for the production of automotive suspension components (crossmembers, control arms and steering knuckles).