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cast about

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cast around

vb
(intr, adverb) to make a mental or visual search: to cast about for an idea for a book.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cast about - search anxiouslycast about - search anxiously      
explore, research, search - inquire into; "the students had to research the history of the Second World War for their history project"; "He searched for information on his relatives on the web"; "Scientists are exploring the nature of consciousness"

cast

verb
1. To send through the air with a motion of the hand or arm:
Informal: fire.
2. To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something:
Military: lay.
3. To send out heat, light, or energy:
4. To form a strategy for:
Informal: dope out.
Idiom: lay plans.
5. To ascertain by mathematics:
6. To combine (figures) to form a sum:
add (up), foot (up), sum (up), tot (up), total, totalize.
phrasal verb
cast about
To try to find something:
phrasal verb
cast out
To rid one's mind of:
noun
1. An act of throwing:
2. A disposition of the facial features that conveys meaning, feeling, or mood:
3. A hollow device for shaping a fluid or plastic substance:
4. The external outline of a thing:
5. A class that is defined by the common attribute or attributes possessed by all its members:
Informal: persuasion.
7. A shade of a color, especially a pale or delicate variation:
Translations
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But not a sign of them appears, so now will be the hard work for the hounds, and there is nothing for it but to cast about for the scent, for it is now the hares' turn, and they may baffle the pack dreadfully in the next two miles.