pat down


patted down; patting down; pats down

Examples of pat down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the car and Jackson had been found, deputies patted down Jackson and placed him in the back of Hernandez's patrol vehicle. Ben Brasch The Washington Post,, 15 Feb. 2024 After the car and Jackson had been found, deputies patted down Jackson and placed him in the back of Hernandez’s patrol vehicle. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Officers took Mitchell into custody for the warrant and conducted a pat down on him which turned up a Glock 9mm pistol in his waistband. Carol Robinson |, al, 31 Aug. 2023 Some tried to pat down the flames engulfing their friends. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2022 During the past week, the administration has highlighted its use of deportation flights to return families to Central America, posting videos of parents with children being patted down and boarded onto aircraft. Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2023 Every airport checkpoint has people who check IDs, operate body scanners, and conduct bag inspections, as well as workers who pat down some passengers, and still others who ensure other entrances are secure. Hiawatha Bray,, 11 July 2023 Two days after Alabama coach Nate Oats said Miller’s introduction in which he was patted down won’t happen again, Wilbon was asked if that was good enough. Mark Heim |, al, 28 Feb. 2023 Crimson Tide can't provide answers Despite the microscope on him, Miller continued his tasteless and tone deaf introduction ritual of pretending to be pat down by a teammate after being announced as a starter. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pat down was circa 1957

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“Pat down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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