strip search


Definition of strip search

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

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 Either way, the morning inspection definitely does not include a strip search. Keri Blakinger, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2022 That meant strip search and cavity search, all his clothes taken, no toiletries allowed until commissary day a week later. Elizabeth Macbride, Forbes, 4 June 2022 That resulted in a strip search and X-ray search of a group of inmates, many of whom were interviewed by the monitors. Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Hall called Bradley Cooper, Timothée Chalamet, Tyler Perry and Simu Lee to the stage, inviting them to be escorted backstage for a quick Covid test and possibly a strip search. NBC News, 28 Mar. 2022 There are also instances in which deputies are advised not to turn on their cameras so as to respect an inmate’s privacy,including when an inmate is taking a shower, when a strip search is being conducted or when an inmate is talking to a lawyer. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 Principal Lisa Stamps and a counselor decided to strip search the student and did not find anything. Ruth Serven Smith |, al, 7 Feb. 2022 In 2019, the city paid $160,000 to settle a lawsuit from a Muslim woman who alleged officers profiled her as a terrorist, threw her down, tore off her headscarf and veil, and took her to a police station to strip search her. Dan Hinkel,, 17 June 2021 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, 30 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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15 Jun 2022

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“Strip search.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for strip search


transitive verb

Legal Definition of strip-search

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to conduct a strip search of

strip search

Legal Definition of strip search (Entry 2 of 2)

— see search


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