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pat someone down

Definition of pat someone down in English:

(Of a police officer or security official) pass the hands over someone’s clothing in a search for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs.
Example sentences
  • The second soldier patted me down roughly, then scrutinized my Harper's press card minutely.
  • At the reception station, a tall young guard took my photo, scanned my index fingerprints, and patted me down.
  • They made me take off my boots and patted me down.
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