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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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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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 Beijing’s imperial reach extends far and wide, from Taiwan and Xinjiang to the South China Sea and beyond. Joshua Wong, Time, "I'm in Prison Because I Fought For My City's Freedom. Hong Kong's Extradition Law Would be a Victory for Authoritarianism Everywhere," 14 June 2019 The tweet spread far and wide, inspiring other Maxxinistas to ascend upon their local department store to take advantage of the deal. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "TJ Maxx is Selling Gigantic Water Bottles That Can Hold 2.5 Bottles of Wine," 8 Apr. 2019 Location: Polo, Illinois Price: $325,000 Architecture addicts know that Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence stretches far and wide, and today’s listing proves the point. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury home inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright asks $325K," 30 Aug. 2018 Yes, that’s the double-digit opinion that journalist Yashar Ali espoused—in a tweet that was read far and wide—as his preferred stockpile of washcloths. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "You Probably Don’t Own Enough Towels, According to an Expert," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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