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

Examples of cast about in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the threat of Mr. Trump’s vetoes looming large — and apparently little appetite to override them — some lawmakers have been casting about for an alternative the president might accept. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto," 23 May 2019 Polls conducted by the think tank British Future (pdf) estimate that ethnic minority voters cast about one in 10 votes in the 2015 General Election, representing about 3 million voters. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The Labour party has angered some British Hindus over its views on Kashmir," 13 Nov. 2019 This is beginning to change as the banks cast about for higher returns on invested capital. Jennifer Baljko, Fortune, "A Silicon Valley Funding Giant Opens in Denmark— Where Unicorns Are Numerous and Loans Are Dirt Cheap," 12 Nov. 2019 Video posted by the fire department showed chairs and other furniture cast about outside the home. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, "73-year-old woman dies in Granada Hills fire," 28 Sep. 2019 Beginning with steel and aluminum tariffs imposed in early 2018 and continuing to a wider range of goods, companies have cast about for workarounds. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Companies Are Using a Depression-Era Law To Escape Trump’s Tariffs — And It’s Costing Them," 23 Sep. 2019 Both are casting about for ways to rebuild their reputations. The Economist, "Popenomics," 7 Sep. 2019 Murtaugh, who declined to discuss any polling the campaign might have done its messaging, said the opposition is casting about for a strategy to counter the president. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump's 2020 pitch: A powerless presidency," 3 Sep. 2019 Major tech companies have been casting about for a few years to figure out what comes next after the laptop. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Pixel Slate: first look at Google’s new tablet," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cast about

1575, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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8 Dec 2019

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“Cast about.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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