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fishing expedition

An attempt to discover information without knowing what it may be. The term implies that the search does not have a specific subject but is rather performed in the hopes that some new information will be found that will be beneficial to the searcher. Primarily heard in US. The defense attorney objected to the vague line of questioning, accusing the prosecutor of engaging in a fishing expedition.
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fishing expedition

a search for information without knowledge of whether such information exists. (This involves asking questions with no preconceived notion of what the answers might reveal.) The lawyer was on a fishing expedition. There was no real wrong committed to justify a lawsuit. Your honor, the prosecutor is just on a clumsy fishing expedition. I move for dismissal. We are going to have to go on a fishing expedition to try to find the facts.
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fishing expedition

An attempt to find useful information by asking questions at random. For example, The sales force was told to go on a fishing expedition to find out what they could about the company's competitors . This expression was taken up by lawyers to describe interrogating an adversary in hopes of finding relevant evidence and is now used more broadly still. [c. 1930]
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a fishing expedition

mainly AMERICAN
If you are on a fishing expedition, you are trying to find out facts about something, often secretly. I know why you're here. You're on a fishing expedition. You're hunting for material. He was asked whether Wilkey was engaged in a fishing expedition aimed at politically embarrassing the House.
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a fishing expedition

a search or investigation undertaken with the hope, though not the stated purpose, of discovering information.
1998 High Country News Agency insiders describe the inquiry as a fishing expedition to uncover evidence that Dombeck may have been a party to illegal lobbying.
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fishing expedition

n. an exploratory search for facts. (This involves asking questions with no preconceived notion of what the answers might reveal.) The lawyer was on a fishing expedition. There was no real wrong committed to justify a lawsuit.
See also: expedition, fishing
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We set the benchmark and in fact established the SUV category altogether nearly three decades ago, with Explorer, which today stands as America's best-selling mid-size SUV for over 25 years, and the Expedition full-size SUV which created the full-size SUV category back in the 90s, not to mention the legendary Bronco.
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Traditionally, expedition doctors were wilderness enthusiasts with specific outdoor skills, who provided medical services as enthusiastic amateurs.
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In 2000 I was introduced via Richard Fullagar to Peter Bassett-Smith, cinematographer on the expedition, with whom I enjoyed a number of fine conversations and who generously gave me copies of material that he had relating to the trip.
The expedition team includes Anshu Jamsenpa, the first lady from Arunachal Pradesh, who has already scaled Mt.
A NORTH Wales firm specialising in tailor-made expeditions for schools has expanded following acquisition.
AN EXPEDITIONS group is expanding into new territory.
The returning Bulgarian expedition was transported from the island of Livingston, where the Antarctic bases of Bulgaria and Spain are located, to Punta Arenas on Saturday by a Spanish navy ship.
I AM writing to tell you and your readers about the 10th anniversary of conservation organisation, Biosphere Expeditions, which runs volunteering expeditions, making a significant difference to the lives of endangered animals across the globe.
To date, over 100,000 hours have been spent by Biosphere Expeditions volunteers onwildlife conservation projects, helping to protect hundreds of animals and habitats.
I AM writing to tell you and your readers about the 10th anniversary of the conservation organisation, Biosphere Expeditions which runs volunteering expeditions, making a significant difference to the lives of endangered animals across the globe.
Fifty-eight St Christopher's Senior School students have completed a gruelling expedition across the remote and mountainous Akamas peninsula in Cyprus.
Has this feature on the Brazil expedition whetted your appetite to join Biosphere Expeditions on one of its research projects?