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search warrant

noun, Law.
a court order authorizing the examination of a dwelling or other private premises by police officials, as for stolen goods.
Origin of search warrant
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you don't have a search warrant, what is your procedure when you come to the door?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • I saw him gazin' into her eyes like he'd taken out a search warrant.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • "A little longer, Captain Percy, and we would have had out a search warrant," began the minister cheerfully.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • We have a search warrant and a warrant for your arrest from New York.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Do school officials need a search warrant to conduct a search for drugs?

    What Works: Schools Without Drugs United States Department of Education
British Dictionary definitions for search warrant

search warrant

a written order issued by a justice of the peace authorizing a constable or other officer to enter and search premises for stolen goods, drugs, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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