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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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