fishing expedition


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fishing expedition

Evidence-based medicine
A popular term for an unplanned analysis of a large and complex set of data, which may result in random statistical ripples or noise that can be used to support an incorrect conclusion.

Malpractice
A term of art used in civil litigation for a situation in which a plaintiff seeks to discover evidence of prior, similar claims to the one being litigated, to which a defendant would be adverse.
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A MEMBER of a two man fishing expedition was rescued by a lifeboat crew after becoming seriously sea sick.
Some EU-subsidised tuna vessels over 100 metres long fish in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and can catch 3,000 tonnes of tuna per fishing expedition.
They agreed to meet on the shore at 8pm after the fishing expedition and when Polleos failed to make the rendezvous his friends called the rescue services.
A FISHING expedition proved quite a catch with amateur anglers in Coulby Newham.
Unless something dramatically changes, we would be going on a fishing expedition,'' Councilman Ara Najarian said.
The Bush administration only faces problems with wiretapping calls when the calls are probably not being made by terrorists--when the executive branch goes on a fishing expedition with taps on all Americans' phone lines.
Agrand jury--which is supposedly a citizen fact-finding body charged with determining the likelihood of a crime but in reality more resembles a fishing expedition dominated by a federal prosecutor--can unilaterally issue subpoenas to seize any assets and compel testimony from any witness.
We were basically doing a major fishing expedition," Dr.
Little is known for sure about the recently disclosed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fishing expedition at about eight newspaper companies and the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
Republicans on the committee, many of whom sympathize with the "regime-change" agenda at DoD, have been resistant to such investigations, calling them as election-year fishing expedition.
A 68-year-old man died and his 38-year-old son-in-law was feared dead after a family fishing expedition turned to tragedy.
Fishermen can make millions of dollars from a single fishing expedition thanks to the huge demand for fins being generated by the burgeoning Chinese middle-class.