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


Law Dictionary

fishing expedition

noun 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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