Cause something or someone to be questioned. For example, The prosecutor cast doubt on the wife’s alibi. This idiom uses cast in the sense of “throw,” a usage dating from the early 1200s.
the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist. a rock or particular piece or kind of rock, as a boulder or piece of agate. a piece of rock quarried and worked into a specific size and shape for a particular purpose: paving stone; building stone. a small piece of rock, as a […]
constituting an actual thing or instance; real: a concrete proof of his sincerity. pertaining to or concerned with realities or actual instances rather than abstractions; particular (opposed to general): concrete ideas. representing or applied to an actual substance or thing, as opposed to an abstract quality: The words “cat,” “water,” and “teacher” are concrete, whereas […]
- Cast in stone
Also, etched in stone. Definite, fixed, as in We may choose to stay longer—our plans aren’t cast in stone, or When Carl sets an agenda you can safely assume it’s etched in stone. Both expressions allude to sculpture, with the first, from the early 1500s, using the verb cast in the sense of pouring and […]
- Cast in the same mold
Bearing a close resemblance, as in All his detective stories are cast in the same mold. This term uses the verb to cast in the sense of forming an object by running molten metal into a mold. [ Late 1500s ]