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.
Recent Examples on the Web For instance, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg used her experience as a woman to school her male colleagues on what a strip search would feel like to a 13-year-old girl during discussion in one case, as one judge witness pointed out. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Biden has chance to diversify a federal bench mostly made up of White male judges," 30 Mar. 2021 Information about Thoms’ cooperation in the strip search investigation comes from deposition transcripts and from Barton's 2014 interview with attorney Brendan Matthews, who represented him at the time., "Our subscribers make this reporting possible. Please consider supporting local journalism.," 24 Feb. 2021 Kavanagh said now that Ball’s policy clarification is in place there are no low-custody detainees in the center to strip search. Ana Faguy,, "ICE violations found at Howard County Detention Center, Department of Homeland Security report says," 6 Nov. 2020 The group’s third member, Christie Aucamp-Schutte, 23, joined last year, shifting their focus to the increase in random strip searches across NSW. Michelle Elias, New York Times, "Has Australia Imagined its Relaxed Identity?," 27 Feb. 2020 The arrest comes 26 hours after Floyd Berry, 49, was arrested on accusations of conducting unlawful strip searches on at least six women while on duty as a patrol officer. Taylor Pettaway,, "Second Bexar County deputy arrested in 26-hour span," 9 Dec. 2019 Before the statistics were released, authorities were already facing criticism for their strip search policies. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Girls as young as 12 strip searched by Australian police: official statistics," 7 Nov. 2019 According to department guidelines, a strip search without a warrant is never conducted outside the detention center. Emilie Eaton,, "Sheriff: Deputy conducted unlawful strip searches on 6 women while on-duty in South Bexar County," 8 Dec. 2019 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

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Strip search.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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)

— see search

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