Definition of pat-down in English:

pat-down

Syllabification: pat-down
Pronunciation: /ˈpatˌdoun
 
/
(also patdown)

noun

  • An act of searching a person for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs, made by passing the hands over their clothing.
    More example sentences
    • She gives me a patdown, where she finds nothing.
    • Pay up, pass through the security patdown, and wait for the lift.
    • New patdown procedures are in effect tonight after hundreds of women complained they were being groped during the screenings.

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