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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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 The move reflects how retailers have been forced to cast about for ways to deal with a rapidly changing retail industry. Michael J. De La Merced, New York Times, "J Sainsbury and Asda, Leading British Grocers, in Talks to Merge," 28 Apr. 2018 Investors voted against the company’s executive compensation plan in a nonbinding say-on-pay vote, casting about 85 million shares against it—or about 78% of shares voting. Nishant Mohan, WSJ, "In a Rare Rebuke, Investors Vote to Oust Director at Bed Bath & Beyond," 29 June 2018 Administration officials have been casting about for more detention space for migrants, with the Pentagon drawing up plans to hold as many as 20,000 at U.S. military bases. CBS News, "HHS says 2,047 separated children still in custody, won't say whether still receiving kids," 26 June 2018 Through late Monday, Republicans had cast about 34% of the state’s absentee ballots submitted while representing only 25% of California’s registered voters. John Myers, latimes.com, "What to watch for in California's primary Tuesday," 5 June 2018 Democrats have cast about 133,000 early ballots, Republicans 113,000. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Races to watch in West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina primaries," 8 May 2018 The Philadelphia Orchestra is still casting about for a new principal oboist. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra continues search for new principal oboist," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cast about

1575, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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