cast about

verb
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 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 In the intervening decade, the network has cast about for its standard-bearer. Sarah Ellison, Washington Post, "MSNBC is both a news channel and face of the Resistance. How will that impact the Democratic primary debate?," 22 June 2019 Some regaled the cast about their favorite scenes or called them by their characters’ names. Los Angeles Times, "Comic-Con 2019: How ‘Superstore’ created a legion of superfans," 19 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of cast about

1575, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of cast about was in 1575

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