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search warrant

noun, Law.
1.
a court order authorizing the examination of a dwelling or other private premises by police officials, as for stolen goods.
Origin of search warrant
1730-1740
First recorded in 1730-40
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  • I saw him gazin' into her eyes like he'd taken out a search warrant.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • We have a search warrant and a warrant for your arrest from New York.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • As a matter of fact, the search warrant would have met the difficulty.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • The superintendent had an idea that they might be more effective than a search warrant.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Inquiring if the police had any search warrant, they answered that they had not.

    Six days of the Irish Republic Louis Redmond-Howard
British Dictionary definitions for search warrant

search warrant

noun
1.
a written order issued by a justice of the peace authorizing a constable or other officer to enter and search premises for stolen goods, drugs, etc
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