cast about

cast about also 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.
The teacher cast about for an easy way to explain the lesson.
Jane cast around for a good subject for her report.
Categories: {literary} {v.}