fishing expedition


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

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And earlier today, former New York City mayor, current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani had very strong words for the seemingly never-ending fishing expedition to undo the election of you the American people. Fox News, "Joe diGenova: IG report is being scrubbed by Rosenstein," 6 June 2018 Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago Family Fishing Adventure: Fish in new waters! Anglers of all ages and skills take guided fishing expeditions around the Milwaukee area. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: Bugs & Scouts at Discovery World, fall festival, free Zoo day and more," 4 Oct. 2017 Hemingway would be done with his 500 words or so a day by late morning, when many guests were just getting up, and already planning a fishing expedition or a jaunt into town, or other activity. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Preservation effort makes Hemingway's Cuba home look like he never left," 30 May 2018 Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is potentially in hot water after a social media post displayed pictures of him posing with a bloody hammerhead shark that was caught on a fishing expedition off the coast of Miami., "Rhode Island promotes David Cox to men’s basketball coach," 5 Apr. 2018 Parasailing, jet skiing, snorkel tours, sunset sails and fishing expeditions are available for a price. Lizette Alvarez, New York Times, "The Cheeca Lodge Is Back, Tiki Bar and All," 23 June 2018 In essence, the investigation was a fishing expedition, in which Weinberg posed as the representative of a wealthy, unscrupulous sheikh aiming to do business in the United States. Harrison Smith,, "Mel Weinberg, con artist at center of Abscam sting that landed U.S. politicians in prison, dies at 93," 9 June 2018 Paul Manafort’s lawyers adopted a version of the Trumpian defense, that the Mueller probe is a fishing expedition for unrelated crimes. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Says There’s No Evidence of Collusion. There Is So Much Evidence Already.," 1 May 2018 Not content to keep the bafflement in-house, or perhaps as a fishing expedition, the folks at NASA presented the photo to the space-curious public. Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "NASA baffled by mysterious ice circles in the Arctic," 24 Apr. 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fishing expedition

fish·ing ex·pe·di·tion | \-ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən\

Legal Definition of fishing expedition 

1 : an inquiry (as by the use of discovery) that is unnecessarily extensive or unrelated to the lawsuit

2 : an investigation that does not stick to a stated objective but hopes to uncover incriminating or newsworthy evidence

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