cast about

cast about; casting about; casts about

Definition of cast about

intransitive verb

: to look around : seek cast about for a seat

transitive verb

: to lay plans concerning : contrive cast about how he was to go

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Architects will submit proposals in 2020, but the city is already casting about for models. The Economist, "A jail in Denver offers some lessons for criminal-justice reformers," 28 June 2019 The Navy doesn’t have another C-130T and cast about for a replacement. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Blue Angels Are Getting a New 'Fat Albert'," 26 June 2019 With no clear path to ending the shutdown, the White House is casting about for a way forward. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "White House Looks to Chip Away at Democrats’ Resolve as Record Shutdown Rolls On," 15 Jan. 2019 As for what's next, Kaitlyn shares that there's been lots of chatter among the cast about a potential Booksmarter. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""Booksmart" Star Kaitlyn Dever on What Makes the Movie So Funny, the Euphoria of Crushes, and Awkward Sex Scenes," 22 May 2019 The company has casted about for something to drive interest as the industry looks for the next big thing after smartphones and tablets. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Intel is preparing for a dual-screen computer future," 18 Oct. 2018 In a rare public protest, investors cast about 60.5 million votes against Ms. Morrison’s re-election compared with 48 million in favor, the company had said in June. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Bed Bath & Beyond to Keep Director Investors Voted to Oust," 27 Sep. 2018 Replacing him is David Solomon, a former investment banker who inherits a firm casting about for ways to grow. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman, Morgan Stanley Show Wall Street Charging Ahead," 16 Oct. 2018 Since calling for an end to the separations, administration officials have been casting about for detention space for migrants, with the Pentagon drawing up plans to hold as many as 20,000 at U.S. military bases. Michael Balsamo, The Seattle Times, "States sue to pressure Trump to reunite immigrant families," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of cast about

1575, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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