strip search


: a search for something concealed on a person made after removal of the person's clothing
strip-search verb

Examples of strip search in a Sentence

The administrators ordered random strip searches of all prisoners.
Recent Examples on the Web The courts have increasingly erred on the side of giving government officials—especially the police—vast discretion in carrying out strip searches, blood draws and even anal and vaginal probes for a broad range of violations, no matter how minor the offense. Nisha Whitehead, Orange County Register, 7 May 2024 Once taken to the police station, she was subjected to a strip search and held for 15 hours before being required to post a nearly $3,000 bond in order to be released. Jonathan Franklin, NPR, 26 Apr. 2024 The settlement announced Friday still requires approval by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in federal court in New York. Clark and Aziz’s attorney, O. Andrew F. Wilson, said forcing someone to remove religious clothing is akin to a strip search. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2024 Each said that their time at the wilderness camp began with a strip search, in some cases with no underwear, by a staff member. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 Once taken there, the youths were cut off from the outside world, forced to adhere to strange guidelines and in some instances, allegedly, physically abused, beginning with the strip search to which they were subjected on arrival. Brian Lowry, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 Then, the inmate, Warren and two other officers headed to a room where strip searches are conducted, and the inmate faced the door as part of protocol, according to the plea agreement. Julia Marnin, Miami Herald, 23 Feb. 2024 Complaints against the department allege beatings and strip searches of suspects at a warehouse that the street crime unit used for interrogations, which allegedly turned violent and during which police officers would allegedly turn off their body cameras. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 7 Nov. 2023 The complaints allege detainees taken to the facility were beaten or subjected to strip searches. Kevin Conlon, CNN, 28 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strip search was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Strip search.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


1 of 2 transitive verb
: to conduct a strip search of

strip search

2 of 2

see search

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