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On a Fishing Expedition

Posted by R. Berg on May 27, 2003

In Reply to: On a Fishing Expedition posted by MM on May 27, 2003

: Need help!

: What does it mean to say someone is on
: a fishing expetition?

: Thanks!

Unless it's meant literally, it means the person is asking a series of questions without knowing the answers, hoping to find something that supports his or her argument. It's said of lawyers questioning witnesses.