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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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If you have experience of working with young people, conducting fieldwork projects or leading expeditions and are interested in taking part, download an application form from www.
We are delighted that Grand Expeditions will be joining First Choice.
The Royal Marines taught me how to organise myself in tougher environments, after which I was lucky enough to lead back-to-back expeditions for Trekforce to various parts of Indonesia.
With a 34 year history of innovation, Coral Expeditions is recognized as Australias longest established and most awarded expedition cruise operator.
2] Despite a strong history of participation in worldwide expeditions by South Africans, earlier development of wilderness and expedition medicine in South Africa (SA) was hampered by the limitation of international travel due to sanctions against the apartheid regime.
Audience: Expeditions is appropriate for elementary, middle, and
ISLAMABAD -- Around 35 world renowned mountainers groups and 18 trekking parties visited Pakistan for mountain expedition during this year.
Bangor-based Outlook Expeditions has acquired Manchester rival Jagged Globe - the company former Wales rugby star Richard Parks climbed Everest with during his 737 Challenge.
Bangor-based company Outlook Expeditions, which offers tailor-made expeditions to schools, is set to run trips for more pupils from across the UK and Europe following an agreement reached with a rival firm.
On Monday, it is expected that the incoming Bulgarian expedition will fly with a Brazilian Airlines' plane to the King George island, where their research station is located.
To date, over 100,000 hours have been spent by Biosphere Expeditions volunteers on wildlife conservation projects helping to protect hundreds of animals and habitats.
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.
Has this feature on the Brazil expedition whetted your appetite to join Biosphere Expeditions on one of its research projects?
The youth development charity is currently recruiting for young explorers to take part in expeditions which include Madagascar, the Yukon, the Antarctic region, Greenland, the Amazon, Svalbard and Ladakh.