fishing expedition



  • noun the use of the pre-hearing disclosure of documents to try to find other documents belonging to the defendant which the claimant does not know about and which might help him or her with the claim


  • noun an attempt to gather information while purporting to be doing something else. An expression used in general conversation and, recently, specifically in business jargon where, e.g., a company will advertise for personnel in order to interrogate interviewees about rivals’ plans.