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fishing expedition n
1 : an inquiry (as by the use of discovery) that is unnecessarily extensive or unrelated to the lawsuit
2 : an investigation that does not stick to a stated objective but hopes to uncover incriminating or newsworthy evidence
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.