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Cast of the Eye (A)


A squint. One meaning of the word cast is to twist or warp. Thus, a fabric is said to “cast” when it warps; and seamen speak of “casting,” or turning the head of a ship on the tack it is to sail. We also speak of a “casting” or turning vote.

“My goode bowe clene cast [twisted] on one side.”—Ascham: Toxophilus.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Cast About (To)
Cast Accounts (To)
Cast Anchor (To)
Cast Aside (To)
Cast Down
Cast a Sheep’s Eye at One (To)
Cast beyond the Moon
Cast in One’s Lot (To)
Cast into One’s Teeth (To)
Cast of the Eye (A)
Cast Pearls before Swine (To)
Casting Vote
Castagnette (Captain)
Castle Builder (A)
Castle in the Air
Castle of Bungay (My)
Castle of Indolence
Castle Terabil (or “Terrible”)