fishing expedition


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fishing expedition

n.
An open-ended inquiry or investigation, often undertaken on the pretext of a minor or unrelated matter, whose real purpose is to uncover embarrassing or damaging information, as about a political opponent.

fish′ing expedi`tion


n.
1. a preliminary legal proceeding for examining an adversary's deposition, documents, etc.
2. any inquiry carried on in the hope of discovering useful information.
[1960–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fishing expedition - an investigation undertaken in the hope (but not the stated purpose) of discovering information
investigation, probe - an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities; "there was a congressional probe into the scandal"
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There was a merry breakfast, a successful fishing expedition, and then the lobsters came out in full force, for even Aunt Jessie appeared in red flannel.
Hell was very far off, and the delights of a fishing expedition with the Cottons were very near.
He is kind enough to say that he would have liked nothing better, but for this little fishing expedition of yours, Mr.
It was, of course, the first I had ever heard of that fishing expedition, but I made haste to say that it could easily, and should certainly, be put off.
'Though we clean up our storage areas and mend our nets along with checking the boats' other equipment for any needed repairs after every fishing expedition, I particularly make use of this time to service my boats and get their engines overhauled,' he said.
Olwa is said to have left home 20 years ago for a fishing expedition in Lake Victoria.
The application further states that 'NAB is indulging in a continued fishing expedition to unearth some wrongdoing to nail onto the persons sought to be victimised by the current powers that be.'
The Democrats are continuing their baseless attacks on the Trump Administration by trying to hold Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress in a fishing expedition. There is no basis for these charges, other than the Democrats sheer desire to punish an Administration they disagree with.
Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh criticised Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein for calling mandatory asset declaration by federal lawmakers a 'fishing expedition' to target the Opposition.
A man who was on a fishing expedition in Lake Naivasha was on Tuesday evening mauled to death by a hippo.According to the Boat Owners Association Chairman David Kilo, the lone fisherman was casting his fishing net in the waters at around 5.
New this year, Sunday is also Underwater Utopia Family Day, featuring a mermaid appearance, fish toss, underwater fishing expedition and mermaid limbo.
Tom Varey and Esme Creed-Miles lead a group of friends and neighbours on a fishing expedition to locate a legendary local giant carp in this low-budget British drama.