cast about

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cast about

  1. Also, cast around. Seek, make a search, as in We cast about for the necessary tools, but couldn't find them in the garage. [Late 1600s]

  2. Devise means, contrive, as in They cast about for new ways to increase revenue. This usage was first recorded in 1867.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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