cast around for

If you cast around for something or cast about for it, you try to find it or think of it.

[V P P n] She had been casting around for a good excuse to go to New York.

(in BRIT, also use cast about for)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • cast around for — ˌcast a ˈround for ˌcast a ˈbout for british [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they cast around for he/she/it casts around for present participle casting around for past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • cast around for — phrasal verb cast around for or cast about for [transitive] Word forms cast around for : present tense I/you/we/they cast around for he/she/it casts around for present participle casting around for past tense cast around for past participle cast… …   English dictionary

  • cast around for something — ˌcast aˈbout/aˈround for sth derived to try hard to think of or find sth, especially when this is difficult • She cast around desperately for a safe topic of conversation. • The authorities are clearly casting about for someone to blame.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cast about for — ˌcast a ˈround for ˌcast a ˈbout for british [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they cast around for he/she/it casts around for present participle casting around for …   Useful english dictionary

  • cast about for — phrasal verb cast around for or cast about for [transitive] Word forms cast around for : present tense I/you/we/they cast around for he/she/it casts around for present participle casting around for past tense cast around for past participle cast… …   English dictionary

  • cast\ around — • cast about • cast around v literary 1. To look everywhere; search. The committee was casting about for an experienced teacher to take the retiring principal s place. 2. To search your mind; try to remember something; try to think of something.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cast about/around for — [phrasal verb] cast about/around for (something) : to look in many places for (something) They cast about for new ways to make money on the farm. She is still casting around for [=seeking] someone to watch her son while she is at work. • • • Main …   Useful english dictionary

  • cast about for something — ˌcast aˈbout/aˈround for sth derived to try hard to think of or find sth, especially when this is difficult • She cast around desperately for a safe topic of conversation. • The authorities are clearly casting about for someone to blame.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cast\ about — • cast about • cast around v literary 1. To look everywhere; search. The committee was casting about for an experienced teacher to take the retiring principal s place. 2. To search your mind; try to remember something; try to think of something.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cast — cast1 [ kæst ] (past tense and past participle cast) verb *** ▸ 1 choose actor for part ▸ 2 describe someone as a type ▸ 3 look at someone/something ▸ 4 give light/a shadow ▸ 5 throw ▸ 6 move fishing line/net ▸ 7 make something in a mold ▸ 8 tell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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