far and wide

variants: or less commonly far and near

Definition of far and wide

: in every direction : everywhere searched far and wide

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Synonyms & Antonyms for far and wide


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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Using a rocket engine to lower a large spacecraft down to the lunar surface kicks up a whole lot of fast-moving dust that can travel far and wide, capable of hitting and even damaging spacecraft on and around the Moon. Loren Grush, The Verge, "High-speed lunar dust could cloud the future of human missions to the Moon," 17 July 2019 Now, in front of an expectant country, with the game broadcast far and wide, England's cricketers have the opportunity to inspire and transcend sport, just like the Lionesses did weeks ago. James Masters, CNN, "England vs. New Zealand: World Cup final on national TV offers chance to inspire a generation," 13 July 2019 Among the great perks of my job is the chance to travel far and wide without ever boarding a train or plane. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat (and drink) right now — plus one to avoid," 24 June 2019 In the weeks since, the parents to a one-year-old baby girl named Harper can't believe that their post has reached so far and wide, People reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "North Carolina teacher goes viral for 1,080th day of school sign," 12 Sep. 2018 Within hours, the footage of Ngo’s beating had spread far and wide on the internet, racking up more than a million views on Twitter alone. oregonlive.com, "Portland mayor, police come under fire after right-wing writer attacked at protest," 30 June 2019 Depending on how robustly a particular electrical system is configured, an outage can spread far and wide. Washington Post, "Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid," 17 June 2019 Most larger fish broadcast their eggs into the sea and let currents spread them far and wide—a hedging strategy that ensures there will always be a few larvae floating around to replenish a population if a disaster strikes. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Coral reefs depend on lots of fish the size of jellybeans," 23 May 2019 The most important thing was that the big day was here, and that our friends and family had traveled far and wide to be with us. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Wedding at a French Château Had a Fireworks Display to Rival Bastille Day," 22 Oct. 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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The first known use of far and wide was before the 12th century

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