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all is fish that comes to his net
A phrase that describes one's ability to make use of anything available. I don't know how Chris fixed his car with the few tools he had with him at the time, but he's so smart like that—all is fish that comes to his net.
cast (one's) net wide
To consider a variety of options. I always encourage my students to cast their nets wide when contemplating potential careers.
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."
find the net
In sports that use netted goals (e.g., soccer, hurling, hockey, etc.) or hoops (e.g., basketball), to score a goal or point by sending the ball or puck into the net. Their offense played brilliantly today, but they just weren't able to find the net often enough to secure a win.
The outcome after everything—good and bad—has been taken into account. I know we've had to make some unsavory choices to get here, but if the net result is a benefit to the world, then isn't that worth it in the end? Once you factor in income tax, offset by your business deductions, the net result should be a sizable chunk of money.
A collection of resources available for use in case of problems, often financial ones. With the unpredictability of freelance work, I always make sure I have money in my savings account as a safety net. Cuts to welfare are just one example of how society's safety net has been weakened.
slip through the net
To go unnoticed or undealt with; to be unintentionally neglected or ignored, especially in a corporate, political, or social system. With other issues like drug addiction and unemployment taking priority for the government, the welfare of children in the foster system very often slips through the net. We were all so busy drawing up the contracts for this new deal that the appreciation dinner we'd promised to our interns simply slipped through the net.
spread (one's) net wide
To consider a variety of options. I always encourage my students to spread their nets wide when contemplating potential careers.
surf the net
To browse the various content of the Internet. With the ubiquity of affordable smartphones and computers, everyone from seniors to preschoolers is able to surf the net these days. I just worry that he spends too much time surfing the net alone instead of hanging out with other kids his age.
work without a net
To take action that is risky or otherwise does not utilize or rely on things that provide safety. Your company doesn't have insurance? Personally, I would never work without a net like that. I used to be afraid of giving up my day job to pursue my art professionally, but working without a net has been freeing. I feel like I finally have enough time and energy to truly tap into my creativity.
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surf the Net
to browse around in the contents of the Internet. I spend an hour a day or more surfing the Net.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
cast your net wideror
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.
slip through the netBRITISH
1. If someone or something slips through the net, they are not helped or noticed by the people or system that should protect or deal with them. Somehow, these children have managed to slip through the net of health service providers. Faulty tests may mean infected animals are slipping through the net. Despite being the female lead in the most successful film of 1989, Kensit seemed to slip through the net of casting directors. Note: You can also say fall through the net with the same meaning. Doctors are concerned that patients will fall through the net under the new system.
2. If someone who is behaving illegally slips through the net, they avoid being noticed and caught by the system that is meant to catch them. Police admit that under the new system, the killer would probably still have slipped through the net.
3. If illegal goods slip through the net, they are not found by the system which is meant to discover them. A shipment of 44 kilos of cocaine slipped through the customs net at Gatwick. Note: The usual American expression is fall through the cracks.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
slip (or fall) through the netescape from or be missed by something organized to catch or deal with you.
1977 Margaret Drabble The Ice Age Britain is, after all, a welfare state, and not many slip through its net.
surf the netmove from site to site on the Internet.
Surf here comes from channel-surfing , the practice of switching frequently between channels on a television set in an attempt to find an interesting programme.
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cast/spread your net ˈwideconsider a wide range of possibilities or cover a large area, especially to try to find somebody/something: Unless we spread our net a bit wider, this company will never get enough business.
slip through the ˈnetwhen somebody/something slips through the net, an organization or a system fails to find them/it and deal with them/it: We tried to contact all former students, but one or two slipped through the net.
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n. the final result after all the assets and liabilities have balanced out. I don’t care about the little things. What is the net result?
surf the net
tv. to browse through the offerings of the internet. He surfs the net for three hours each evening.
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