A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 01, 2014
Fishing Expedition

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Wiktionary: fishing expedition
Noun
fishing expedition
(plural fishing expeditions)
1. (idiomatic, law, US, informal, pejorative) A non-specific search for information, especially incriminating information.

Meriam-Webster Dictionary
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
1874

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.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Friday, August 01, 2014 • Permalink


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