far and wide


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far and wide

All over; everywhere. Well, that rumor about me has sure spread far and wide—even the teachers know about it! The government wants to keep this scandal a secret, which means we need to make sure it spreads far and wide. Western commercial culture has spread far and wide, and you can now find fast food restaurants in every corner of the globe.
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far and wide

For a great distance, over a large area. For example, They searched far and wide for the lost child, or The message went out far and wide. [c. a.d. 900]
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far and ˈwide

everywhere and many places; over a large area: People come from far and wide to visit the monument.The police were searching far and wide for the missing child.
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far and wide

Everywhere: looked far and wide for the lost puppy.
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far and wide

To great lengths and distances; affecting many individuals or many localities. This term is one of the oldest English ones in this book: It appears in an Old English work dating from about the year 900, “He . . . ferde [fared] . . . feorr and wide.” Shakespeare also used it in Romeo and Juliet (4:2): “I stretch it out for that word ‘broad’; which added to the goose, proves thee far and wide a broad goose.”
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