English version

cast about/around for something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcast about/around for something phrasal verbTHINK ABOUTto try hard to think of the right thing to do or say She cast about frantically for an excuse. Telecoms companies are casting around for ways of recouping huge losses. cast→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
cast about/around for They began casting about for an alternative.We can adapt our theories, or cast around for fresh ones, to suit our intuitions.Again she began casting around for help.The constitution prohibits him from staying another, so he is casting about for ways to hold on to power.
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Verb table
cast
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycast
he, she, itcasts
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycast
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave cast
he, she, ithas cast
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad cast
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill cast
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have cast
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam casting
he, she, itis casting
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you, we, theyare casting
Past
I, he, she, itwas casting
you, we, theywere casting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been casting
he, she, ithas been casting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been casting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be casting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been casting
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