verb (used with object)

to search (a suspect who has been required to remove all clothing) especially for concealed weapons, contraband, or evidence of drug abuse.

Nearby words

  1. strip planting,
  2. strip poker,
  3. strip search,
  4. strip steak,
  5. strip-mine,
  6. stripe,
  7. stripe rust,
  8. stripe smut,
  9. striped,
  10. striped bass

strip search


an act or instance of strip-searching.
Also called skin search. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strip-search



(tr) (of police, customs officials, etc) to strip (a prisoner or suspect) naked to search him or her for contraband, narcotics, etc


a search that involves stripping a person naked
Derived Formsstrip-searching, noun

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