Can I have an example of a context in which the expression throw the net wide is used? I have heard it in passing but it is not clear to me what was meant.
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Meaning: "Let's look in as many places as possible for job candidates."
It is a metaphor for fishing with a net. The wider you throw the net, the larger an area of water it will cover, so the more likely you are to catch a fish.
I don't think I've ever heard "throw the net wide". I've always heard it as, "throw a wide net".
But then I just did the ever-popular ngrams thing and it shows "throw the net wide" at zero usage up to about 1955, but surging in popularity and intermittently passing "throw a wide net". Huh.