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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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The expedition, supported by Land Rover, aims to break the current speed record of 36 days, 22 hours.
Expedition participants will develop their confidence, teamwork and leadership skills in addition to carrying out valuable fieldwork and research.
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.
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The expedition will primarily investigate the connection between climate change and glaciers, but archaeologists are also taking part to study how Greenland was colonised.
The expedition members departed from Askoli, near the K2 base camp from Skardu on Monday morning.
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Along with Chinese scientists, scientists from National Institute of Oceanography and Pakistan Navy also participated in the expedition. The acquired data will be jointly processed by Pakistani and Chinese scientists.
"The first team departed for Askole on Monday and is scheduled to reach the Base Camp on January 14, while the second team will leave Askole on Tuesday to reach Base Camp on January 15," said Asghar Ali Porik, the owner of Jasmine Tours Pakistan, who has arranged the expedition in collaboration with Alpine Club of Pakistan.
There's a saying "On a harsh expedition, there's no place for someone who does not intend to finish it." It explicitly indicates that one needs to have courage and firm determination to step forward for a back-breaking expedition.
The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition has earned the US government's highest possible crash test rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, making this full-size SUV a leader in safety.
by Times News ServiceThe 11-member Euro-Arabian Polar Expedition reached the North Pole after an eight-day trek.