Do [some, any, no] fishing

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
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!
 
  • kayokid

    Senior Member
    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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