fishing expedition

fishing expedition
noun
an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
Hypernyms: ↑probe, ↑investigation

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noun
1. : a legal proceeding carried on for the primary purpose of interrogating an adversary or examining his property or books, papers, and records in order to discover information essential to and to be used as a basis for a later proceeding or defense
2. : an investigation that has no clearly defined objective or that does not stick to its stated or authorized objective and that engages in expedients of doubtful propriety or legality (as the irrelevant questioning of witnesses) in the hope of turning up incriminating or newsworthy evidence

promised at the outset of the investigation that it would not … degenerate into a witch-hunt or a fishing expedition — Tom Fitzsimmons

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Informal.
1. a legal proceeding mainly for the purpose of interrogating an adversary, or of examining his or her property and documents, in order to gain useful information.
2. any inquiry carried on without any clearly defined plan or purpose in the hope of discovering useful information. Also called fishing trip.
[1960-65]

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fishing expedition UK US noun [countable] [singular fishing expedition plural fishing expeditions] informal
an attempt to find out more information by asking a lot of questions
Thesaurus: attempt to find out informationsynonym

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fishing expedition,
U.S. Informal. any official investigation conducted without clearly defined objectives or guidelines.

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a search or investigation undertaken with the hope, though not the stated purpose, of discovering information

they worried about an FBI fishing expedition


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