fishing expedition

Definitions of "fishing expedition"
  1. A widespread inquiry, often through the legal discovery process, that goes beyond the scope of what is relevant to the current lawsuit
  2. A probe or investigation that deviates from its original purpose with the hope of uncovering damaging or intriguing evidence
How to use "fishing expedition" in a sentence
  1. The defendant's attorney claimed that the plaintiff's document requests were nothing more than a fishing expedition.
  2. Accused of going on a fishing expedition, the journalist defended their investigation, stating it was crucial to uncovering the truth.
  3. The regulatory agency was criticized for appearing to conduct a fishing expedition, rather than focusing on the original allegations.

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