Meaning of “a fishing expedition” in the English Dictionary

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"a fishing expedition" in British English

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a fishing expedition

mainly US

an attempt to discover the facts about something by collecting a lot of information, often secretly:

The investigators' request for the company's accounts is simply a fishing expedition - they have no real evidence of wrongdoing.

(Definition of “a fishing expedition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)