patdown

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patdown (plural patdowns)

  1. An act of patting somebody's clothes to check for concealed weapons, etc.
    • 2006, Yoram Wind, Colin Crook, Robert E. Gunther, The power of impossible thinking
      To avoid such charges, airline screeners moved to random processes that led to patdowns of congressional representatives and mild-mannered elderly women...

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