cast (out) a wide net


1. consider a large variety of people or things






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cast out a wide net in order to find the best possible candidate

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The idiom 'to cast out a wide net', means to try or consider a very wide variety of other people or things in order to find what you are looking for. 

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  1. Kevin was against the idea of promoting someone from within the company to fill the new position. He felt that they should be casting a wide net in order to find the best possible candidate.
  2. The entrepreneur felt that she needed to cast out a wider net in her efforts to attract an investor. For that reason, she began making videos online in order to showcase her business. 

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  1. I asked friends and family if they knew anyone who was interested in renting my spare room but I think I'll cast a wide net and put an ad online too.
  2. If you're searching for a romantic partner you want to cast a wide net and meet lots of different people.

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