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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Department of Corrections policy requires that a parent or legal guardian approve the strip search of minors. Anna Sturla, CNN, "8-year-old Virginia girl was strip searched during a state prison visit, authorities say," 6 Dec. 2019 Allegations surfaced of rape, inappropriate police conduct, and abuse of power, including strip searches of young female protesters. Ani Hao, Teen Vogue, "Young Women Are Front and Center in the Hong Kong Protests," 6 Dec. 2019 In these instances, detention centers were able to conduct more strip searches, use chemical agents like tear gas against detainees and limit the information provided to detainees about their medical conditions. USA Today, "Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US," 20 Dec. 2019 Per department policy, an officer can only do a strip search with a warrant or the person's consent. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix to pay $1.6M to a woman police body-cavity searched without a warrant," 18 Dec. 2019 Before his arrest, Berry had been taken off patrol and put on administrative duty after several victims contacted the Sheriff’s Office to complain about improper strip searches. Taylor Pettaway,, "Second Bexar County deputy arrested in 26-hour span," 9 Dec. 2019 Police dragged workers from dormitory beds and humiliated them with strip searches, Chaguan was told. The Economist, "The migrants who made China an industrial giant face a grim retirement," 30 Nov. 2019 Overall, almost 4,000 girls and women of all ages were strip searched over that period, with the most common reason being to search for drugs. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Girls as young as 12 strip searched by Australian police: official statistics," 7 Nov. 2019 The new statistics follow months of increasing scrutiny of the growing practice of strip searches by police officers. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Girls as Young as 12 Were Strip-Searched in Australia," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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23 Feb 2020

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“Strip search.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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

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: to conduct a strip search of

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Legal Definition of strip search (Entry 2 of 2)

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