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[pat-doun] /ˈpætˌdaʊn/
an act or instance of passing the hands over the body of a clothed person to detect concealed weapons, drugs, etc.; frisking.
Also, pat down.
Origin of pat-down
noun use of verb phrase pat down Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was even a full-body pat-down, by far the biggest turn-on of the night.
  • There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience.
  • The body scanner went off, he refused a pat-down, and requested to be allowed to go through the scanner again.
  • During screening, you have the option of undergoing screening by use of advanced imaging technology or a pat-down.
  • Professional visitors may be required to present identification and credentials and may be subject to pat-down searches.
  • It may also be necessary to undergo additional screening, to include hand-held metal detectors and pat-down inspections.
  • The officer ordered everyone out of the vehicle, and then immediately began a pat-down weapons search of appellant.

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