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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.
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According to the expedition's official website, team leader Vassiliy Pivtsov from Kazakhstan and Tursunali Aubskirov from Kazakhstan, Michael Danichkin from Kyrgyzstan and Artiom Braun from Russia are heading to camp IV.
During the expedition, CGS ship conducted various Seismic and Oceanographic observations in the offshore area of Pakistan.
TCS World Travel has operated all National Geographic Expeditions private jet trips since 2001 and will continue to do so on departures through December 31, 2019.
Muscat: Eight days after starting out on their expedition to reach the North Pole, the mainly novice team of female explorers, including Oman's Anisa al Raissi, has arrived on top at the world.
Another way of considering the overall size of the '18 Expedition is to know that it is being manufactured at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant.
This wolf expedition will take you to the beautiful lowlands of Lower Saxony, a federal state in northern Germany, to help monitor and protect the returning wolf population.
After routine general practitioner complaints, travel medicine issues are the most frequently encountered on expeditions. Foremost among these is traveller's diarrhoea, which is frequently caused simply by a change in dietary habits while on an expedition, or exposure to benign pathogens.
Format: Expeditions is an app available on iTunes using kits.
London, United Kingdom, November 28, 2015 --(PR.com)-- A pioneering Secret Compass expedition team has just become the first commercial team to trek across Iran's remote Lut Desert (also known as the Dasht-e-Lut) from east to west.
Bangor University scientists are leading an expedition to set up solar and wind powered laboratories on the 8,163-metre mountain Manaslu in Nepal.
Lindblad Expeditions, Inc., and Capitol Acquisition Corp.
China has begun Antarctic scientific research expeditions since 1984.
Now Sir Ranulph Fiennes is finding his way to Warrington to talk about his lifetime of record-breaking expeditions.
She said, "I've gone on expeditions to the Arctic and Peru as well as participated in the 28th Penang International Dragon Boat Festival in Malaysia.