line of inquiry

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Noun1.line of inquiry - an ordering of questions so as to develop a particular argument
line of reasoning, logical argument, argumentation, argument, line - a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
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And in this last and least respectable line of inquiry he was evidently prepared to go farthest; he openly encouraged the magician, and was plainly prepared to follow the wildest ways of investigation in which that magus might lead him.
My line of inquiry would appear to him an awful perversion of duty.
If my expedition had no other results it would still have been noteworthy, but a curious incident occurred to me while there which opened up an entirely fresh line of inquiry.
It does not seem as if this line of inquiry offered much hope of a successful issue.
Police have said their investigation into the incident is following a "positive line of inquiry" and work is also under way to improve security at the site.
We are looking into the possibility of that happening in South Africa as a line of inquiry. There have been cases in the past of stowaways on flights from South Africa to Kenya."
"Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding her death are at a very early stage, however one line of inquiry officers are following is that she may have had access to ecstasy-type tablets.
Officers are following a definite line of inquiry."
"There is a line of inquiry that remains to be concluded and it's expected that in the coming months that will happen."
A Durham police spokesman said: "It's a line of inquiry. We haven't ruled anything out or anything in.
In January Warwickshire Police confirmed they were investigating a new line of inquiry. But yesterday the force told the Telegraph the lead had proved inconclusive.
Enquiries are continuing, but one line of inquiry is that the metal bar may have fallen from the back of a passing lorry, or had been kicked up from the road by a passing vehicle.