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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.
See also: expedition, fishing

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.
See also: expedition, fishing

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]
See also: expedition, fishing

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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Today, a single fishing expedition can cost up to about $500 (roughly 400 euros), said another fisherman called Mehdi Bakr, who lost his hand when an Israeli navy vessel fired at his boat in 1997.
They had left their home in Kilkeel on a fishing expedition.
It can be almost anything, and in a lot of cases, it's a fishing expedition.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), specializing in constitutional law, said today that releasing documents pertaining to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts when he served in the Solicitor General's office would set a dangerous precedent and would violate the attorney-client privilege to satisfy those who are on a fishing expedition in the weeks leading up to the confirmation hearings.
But the hotel scoffed at handing over much of the sought-after documentation, arguing that the defendant's "vague and ambiguous" requests far overreach the law and amount to nothing more than an illegal fishing expedition.
A MEMBER of a two man fishing expedition was rescued by a lifeboat crew after becoming seriously sea sick.
Shoma Choudhury, Tehelka 's editor- features, who has been at the forefront of many operations, said: " Every story is a fishing expedition.
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One, a sawfish beak, the by-product of a 19th century colonial fishing expedition, is expected to make pounds 100 to pounds 150.
SOUTH AMERICA: Jane Brent and Keith McConnell of Stockton won the last round of the Gazette on Tour competition with this picture of them with a copy of the Gazette during a piranha fishing expedition on the Orinoco River in Venezuala.
While initially giddy to see their common-law wives, the males eagerly leave for their own fishing expedition at sea, and the mothers take over care of the chicks.
THREE robbers who were part of an armed gang caught after a police dragnet closed in on a Co Antrim village told police they were on a fishing expedition - but they had no tackle with them.
The Greenes had left their home in Kilkeel on February 14 on a fishing expedition.
In what he describes as a molecular fishing expedition, McNamara found that retinoic acid receptors can bind to two clock proteins--Clock and Mop4.
It's as big a fishing expedition as you can possibly imagine," he said.