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

  1. an act or instance of strip-searching.
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Also called skin search.
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  1. (tr) (of police, customs officials, etc) to strip (a prisoner or suspect) naked to search him or her for contraband, narcotics, etc
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  1. a search that involves stripping a person naked
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Derived Formsstrip-searching, noun
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