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pat-down British & World English

An act of searching a person for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs, made by passing the hands over their clothing

pat someone down British & World 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

have something off pat British & World English

Have something memorized perfectly

pat someone down in pat1 British & World 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

have something off pat in pat2 British & World English

Have something memorized perfectly


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