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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If the issues are not narrowed and joined prior to discovery, that undertaking will constitute a nightmarish fishing expedition by the IRS.
Asking 'how do you compare' to industry norms within your market, rather than giving the advertiser the feel of a fishing expedition, is the very essence of the consultative sales process," Smith said.
One afternoon, Rami Bakr and his 10-man crew put to sea for a 10-hour fishing expedition.
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50pm from a vessel on a fishing expedition to say there was a body on the rocks at Llandudno's Great Orme.
In a statement issued at Berne, the Swiss finance ministry said, " Identifying the taxpayer and the holder of the information in administrative assistance requests will generally continue to be by indicating the name and addressC* Identification via a bank account is also a possibility, although care should be taken in these cases to ensure that a fishing expedition is not involved.
A FISHING expedition proved quite a catch with amateur anglers in Coulby Newham.
THREE boys saw their grandfather swept to his death while on a fishing expedition.
The problem arises when Freemasons are singled out to declare membership of the Order, usually for the purpose of a fishing expedition, when no other organisations' members are targeted in such a discriminatory way.
A NIGHT fishing expedition landed three men in court.
McCarthy did not conduct a free-floating, open-ended fishing expedition, trawling heedlessly through American institutions in search of a few harmless leftists he could browbeat in front of television cameras.
It would say that anytime officials want to go on a fishing expedition in medical records, on a hunch or just because under the law of percentages it might sometimes result in finding evidence, they can;' he says.