far and wide


Definition of far and wide 

: in every direction : everywhere searched far and wide

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all over, everyplace, everywhere, high and low, throughout



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Examples of far and wide in a Sentence

we searched far and wide for a surgeon who could perform that delicate operation

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Allen’s work and philanthropy reached far and wide, touching many people between his business with Microsoft, Vulcan, the Allen Institute for Brain Science and his ownership of the Seahawks and Trail Blazers and his love of rock music. Sean Quinton, The Seattle Times, "‘A pioneer. A visionary. A good man’: The world reacts to death of Seattle business and sports mogul Paul Allen," 15 Oct. 2018 Now Democrats seem to have wholly and enthusiastically assumed the Obamacare gloom-and-doom mantle, jumping on any chances to spread negative marketplace news far and wide. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Democrats are no longer touting the benefits of Obamacare," 24 May 2018 Ted and Marge's home was open to people from far and wide. courant.com, "Theodor M. Simon," 13 Apr. 2018 LeBron James is officially off to Los Angeles, and stars from far and wide have been expressing their excitement over his arrival ever since. SI.com, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Tweet Welcoming LeBron to LA is the Most Zlatan Thing Ever," 2 July 2018 Just as golfers are coming from far and wide to play world-class courses, people will flock to the conservation property for bird-watching and primitive camping and to hike its hundreds of miles of trails. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 In life and in death, King’s global vision resonated far and wide. Jason Sokol, Time, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision Was More Global Than We Remember. The World Mourned Him Accordingly," 4 Apr. 2018 But the breakthrough technology is expected to reach far and wide. Lini S. Kadaba, Philly.com, "The business tech trends you need to watch in 2018," 14 Mar. 2018 Since the Harvey Weinstein story broke in October, stories of abuse in the model industry have been shared far and wide. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Models Want a Legally Binding Contract Against Sexual Harassment," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of far and wide

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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