Do [some, any, no] fishing

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Xavier da Silva, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. Xavier da Silva

    Xavier da Silva Senior Member

    The place where I was born
    Portuguese - Brazil
    Hello everyone,

    I recently got a reply to a question I asked here which said I can use "do some fishing" meaning "try to find out information without asking directly". Now, I'd like to know if the variations below are idiomatic and acceptable in English.


    1. You need to obtain information but don't do any fishing [don't do anything to get information indirectly ]; they might get suspicious.

    2. Did you do any fishing[ did you do anything to get information indirectly] when you met her? She's very smart.


    Thank you very much in advance!
     
  2. kayokid

    kayokid Senior Member

    Chicago
    English, USA
    Hello. In my opinion both of your sentences work. Personally, I would add "around" to the expression, i.e. You need to obtain information but don't do any fishing around -- they might get suspicious. and Did you do any fishing around when you met her? She's very smart.
    The same goes for: do some fishing around.
    Hope this helps.
     

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