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Wiktionary: fishing expedition
fishing expedition (plural fishing expeditions)
1. (idiomatic, law, US, informal, pejorative) A non-specific search for information, especially incriminating information.
fishing expedition noun
Definition of FISHING EXPEDITION
1: a legal interrogation or examination to discover information for a later proceeding
2: an investigation that does not stick to a stated objective but hopes to uncover incriminating or newsworthy evidence
First Known Use of FISHING EXPEDITION
25 November 1890, New York (NY) Times, pg. 5:
... further, that the Grand Jury must have a definite accusation to work on, just as a Coroner must have a body before he can hold an inquest, and that it is not empowered to go on “fishing expeditions,” as it is doing in this case.
10 March 1918, New York (NY) Times, pg. 6 headline:
Federal Court of Appeal Intimates Investigator Is on “Fishing Expedition” in Counsel’s Vaults.
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