(1). A call to a competitor or client by a consultant without disclosing who they are working for (and usually pretending to be a prospect) in order to get some information out of them about their business or operations.
“So, we had a no names discussion with the folks at IBM, as you requested…turns out they make computers. It’ll all be in our final report…”
(1). To think about; a clever way for attorneys who do not know the answer to a question to buy time to have a junior associate research the issue, while still appearing thoughtful and knowledgeable to their client.
“I’m going to have to noodle on this a bit more before giving you an opinion, John. Now, at $750 an hour…carry the 4…I should be able to get back to you next Tuesday.”