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body search

Syllabification: bod·y search

Definition of body search in English:

noun

A search, typically conducted by customs officials or the police, of a person’s body and clothing for illicit weapons, drugs, or other articles.
Example sentences
  • The line to get into the rally stretched for hundreds of yards as unionists, environmental activists, and fair trade advocates moved at a snail's pace through two lines of police officers, a bag search, and a body search.
  • After a quick body search, the police put 11 of us in a bullpen.
  • In the chamber, they were lined up against a wall and a body search was conducted and the binds on their feet were removed.

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