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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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  • Nor was the search-warrant the only implement of justice with which he had furnished himself for this visit.

  • You went off to the yacht with a search-warrant—did you, Mr. Cooke?

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • If this is not a fast country, a search-warrant would hardly succeed in finding one.

  • A search-warrant and a writ of attachment probably did the business in this case.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • There is a search-warrant, too, arrived, and they mean to look him up at Kilgobbin Castle.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • What an opportunity I missed by not taking out a search-warrant for his house.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • You'll have to go an' swear out a search-warrant for him, Elfarettie.

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • And they will make a raid upon him soon with a search-warrant I dare say.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • I showed him my search-warrant, and asked him if it was a good bill.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • “I think we may grant a search-warrant, Squire,” said Mr. Brandon.

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
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