Definition of cast the (or one's) net in English:

cast the (or one's) net


  • Search for suitable options or candidates in a specified way.

    ‘Martin vowed he would cast the net far and wide in the search for the best person’
    ‘he is prepared to cast his net wide to find workable solutions’
    • ‘The solution is to cast your net broadly, targeting a large number of less popular keywords.’
    • ‘The trick is to know where to cast the net.’
    • ‘Detective Inspector Pete Martin said: "We have to cast our net over a huge area".’
    • ‘In the beginning we cast our net quiet wide, with people coming from West Cumbria to work here.’
    • ‘The book casts its net widely, aiming at different demographics.’
    • ‘At the same time, Damascus cast its net out for allies.’
    • ‘The Congress cast its net more widely to effect a more general equilibrium.’
    • ‘Tim Easterby casts his net wide for winners tomorrow.’
    • ‘With fewer girls in Mae Sai leaving for the bright lights of Bangkok, agents have cast their nets wider.’
    • ‘That enables the company to cast its net across its 300-plus employees.’