strip search


Definition of strip search

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

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Other Words from strip search

strip-search \ ˈstrip-​ˌsərch How to pronounce strip-search (audio) \ verb

Examples of strip search in a Sentence

The administrators ordered random strip searches of all prisoners.

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The lawsuit alleges that the two employees conducted a strip search and requested that the woman expose her genitals in order to inspect the feminine product. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "Grandmother sues TSA claiming she was subjected to 'strip search' on Mother's Day," 7 June 2019 There were not enough male guards to perform strip searches when high-risk prisoners needed to be moved. Joseph Neff And Alysia Santo, USA TODAY, "What happened when this prison couldn't hire enough guards? It put gangs in charge," 25 June 2019 After the strip search, Golunov was allowed to get dressed again, and the investigators began searching his backpack. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Arrest of a Russian Investigative Journalist Prompts Outrage and Solidarity," 10 June 2019 Federal public defenders say 120 asylum-seekers are enduring conditions that include strip searches and overcrowded cells with open toilets at a federal prison in Oregon where some have considered suicide and at least one has attempted it. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Asylum-seekers endure horrible conditions in Oregon prison, lawyers say," 21 July 2018 Hardiman also was involved in a decision that upheld the rights of prisons to strip search inmates. Katherine Nails,, "Brett Kavanaugh: Fast facts about Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 9 July 2018 In state and federal prisons, strip searches of visitors are permitted with consent, but not cavity checks. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Women Describe Invasive Strip Searches on Visits to City Jails," 26 Apr. 2018 Arrestees are not required to undergo strip searches. William Lee,, "Chicago cops investigating how suspect got loaded handgun into police lockup," 19 June 2018 Video by Bill Schulz MADISON - The state reached a sweeping settlement Friday over its treatment of juvenile inmates that would end the use of pepper spray, greatly restrict solitary confinement and reduce strip searches. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweeping deal with teen inmates will see Wisconsin end use of pepper spray and restrict solitary at teen prisons," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of strip search

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strip search was in 1947

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strip search


English Language Learners Definition of strip search

: an act of removing someone's clothing to see if that person is hiding illegal drugs, weapons, etc.


transitive verb

Legal Definition of strip-search

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to conduct a strip search of

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Legal Definition of strip search (Entry 2 of 2)

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