strip search

noun

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 \ verb

Examples of strip search in a Sentence

The administrators ordered random strip searches of all prisoners.

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Hardiman also was involved in a decision that upheld the rights of prisons to strip search inmates. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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 In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. CBS News, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia allege they were beaten while cuffed, left nude in cells," 21 June 2018 In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. USA TODAY, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse," 21 June 2018 In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. Michael Biesecker, chicagotribune.com, "Beatings, bags over their heads, racial slurs: Young migrants detained in Virginia allege abuse in lawsuit," 21 June 2018 In the case of the Mexican 17-year-old, the lawsuit said a staff member who suspected him of possessing contraband threw him to the ground and forcibly tore off his clothes for an impromptu strip search. Michael Biesecker, Time, "Young Immigrants Held in a Virginia Detention Center Say They Were Abused By Guards," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of strip search

1947, in the meaning defined above

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strip search

noun

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.

strip-search

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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