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 around for
British
cast around for something to look for or try to think of something, especially when you feel pressure to do something quickly

Casting around for a safe topic, she made a comment about the weather.


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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 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

  • 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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