Definition of frisk in English:
1 [with object] (Of a police officer or other official) pass the hands over (someone) in a search for hidden weapons, drugs, or other items.
- One of them relieved Phelps of his gun and gun belt, while the other frisked him for hidden weapons or other ‘dangerous’ articles.
- Officers frisked Barnes and made him stand with them near the police cars.
- He holstered the pistol and frisked her for weapons.
2 [no object] (Of an animal or person) skip or leap playfully; frolic: this did not deter the foal from frisking about
More example sentences
- She says she can picture Charlie right now frisking about some green field of Heaven, wearing his loop of flowers.
- ‘She was caught in the bush, sir,’ he explained, glancing down at the dog that was still frisking about.
- He watches them flirt, frolic, frisk and fondle.
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1 [in singular] An act of frisking someone.
- The panel addressed the issue of whether probable cause to seize an object can arise during a frisk when a police officer knows the object in question to be narcotics.
- They will come and take you out to the back area, and they will do a bit of a frisk.
- If he knows that he could be frisked, he can place a non-metal explosive in a location that will not be disclosed by a frisk.
- Example sentences
- This means heavier pats from heavy-handed friskers.
- Hand-and-foot monitors are provided at high traffic boundaries and friskers at the rest.
- While this is standard operating procedure, they only had a couple friskers at each door, and five or six security guards looking lethargically over the crowd.
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