cast about

verb

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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Or perhaps a politician is simply casting about looking for new cudgels with which to beat Facebook in front of television cameras. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 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 Then people begin to cast about for alternative models. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Temp’ author Louis Hyman on Recode Decode," 29 Aug. 2018 Just as the jet-streams of Earth shape our climate, Jupiter’s jet-streams shape the clouds of ammonia cast about in the gas giant’s upper atmosphere. Fox News, "Jupiter's storms: Scientists now think they know what's causing these powerful storms," 10 Aug. 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 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 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 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. Elliot Spagat, Time, "California Judge Orders Immigrant Families to Be Reunited Within 30 Days," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of cast about

1575, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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