Meaning of fishing expedition in English:

fishing expedition


  • A search or investigation undertaken with the hope, though not the stated purpose, of discovering information.

    ‘they worried about an FBI fishing expedition’
    • ‘The commission has an unfettered power to undertake a fishing expedition to search for evidence to endeavour to prove its cases.’
    • ‘Where did all the information from these fishing expeditions go?’
    • ‘These laws provide a clear framework for responding to national security concerns while safeguarding against random searches, fishing expeditions or invasions of privacy.’
    • ‘I do not regard a search for what appears to be very relevant information as a mere fishing expedition.’
    • ‘It smacks to me of a fishing expedition in the hope it may justify the prolonged nature of this otherwise pointless enquiry.’