fishing expedition

fishing expedition
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • /ˈfɪʃ ɪŋ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • /ˈfɪʃ ɪŋ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən/

Definitions of fishing expedition words

  • noun fishing expedition a legal proceeding mainly for the purpose of interrogating an adversary, or of examining his or her property and documents, in order to gain useful information. 1
  • noun fishing expedition any inquiry carried on without any clearly defined plan or purpose in the hope of discovering useful information. 1
  • noun fishing expedition a trip in which you try to catch fish 0
  • noun fishing expedition an occasion when someone is trying to get something indirectly 0

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Origin of fishing expedition

First appearance:

before 1960
One of the 3% newest English words
First recorded in 1960-65

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Parts of speech for Fishing expedition


fishing expedition popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 2% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for fishing expedition

noun fishing expedition

  • inquisition — an official investigation, especially one of a political or religious nature, characterized by lack of regard for individual rights, prejudice on the part of the examiners, and recklessly cruel punishments.
  • probe — to search into or examine thoroughly; question closely: to probe one's conscience.

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