Definition of pat-down in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpatdoun/
(also patdown)


An act of searching a person for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs, made by passing the hands over their clothing.
Example sentences
  • Passengers can choose between the see-through screen or a pat-down.
  • More recently, the Transportation Security Administration has made headlines with a change in its pat-down policies.
  • This could detect a bomb, depending how thorough that pat-down is.

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Syllabification: pat-down

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