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pat down

1. To tamp down the surface of some substance in order to smooth, flatten, or pack it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pat" and "down." Lightly pat the soil down after planting the seed, leaving it loose enough for water to get through. Pat down the silicone mixture around the person's face so that the mold will be able to capture all their unique details.
2. To put one's hands on someone's body in order to search them for something, especially weaponry or prohibited substances. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pat" and "down." The bouncer is patting down everyone to make sure no one smuggles booze or drugs into the concert. The officer patted me down even through I told him I didn't have a gun on me.
See also: down, pat

pat something down

to tap something down with the open hand. I heaped some soil over the seeds and patted it down. I patted down the soil.
See also: down, pat

pat down

v.
1. To flatten or mold something by tapping it gently with the hands or a flat implement: The baker patted down the dough with a rolling pin. We patted the clay down before shaping it.
2. To search someone or something with the hands, especially for weapons or illegal substances: The police patted down the suspect for guns. The customs officials patted us down.
See also: down, pat
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Although Anderson denied the suggestion that this new approach would create an overall increase in security delays, he cautiously added that "for the person who gets the pat down, it will slow them down.
During a recent flight, Broun said he saw TSA pat down an elderly person and a child, but not a man he himself deemed suspicious.
If you use a wheelchair (or scooter) and you cannot walk or stand, you'll receive a pat down while you sit in your wheelchair.
The Supreme Court ruled that the second pat down and the retrieval of the cigarette pack violated the Fourth Amendment as the search of Ybarra was not within the scope of the warrant and no independent grounds justified this intrusion.
Each day, Americans ignore millions of these alarms and warnings, such as college dorms' fire bells and drugstores' easily tripped theft devices, which are seemingly there only to give the cashiers another reason to glare at customers; it's not as if anyone's been hired to pat down an alleged Bic Lady Shaver thief.
Screeners will also be given more powers to carry out pat down searches on passengers and to check carry-on luggage.
The dog gave a positive alert for drugs and the arrestee was subjected to a pat down search and his visitor locker was searched.
While the Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable search and seizure, the courts allow a law enforcement agent who has "reasonable suspicion" of criminality but not probable cause enough leeway to stop a person and conduct a limited pat down.
Voluntary Screening: SmartCheck scan is a voluntary option for passengers undergoing secondary screening as an alternative to the pat down procedures currently conducted by Transportation Security Officers at the security screening checkpoint.
He clearly feels very strongly about the issue - but perhaps other people feel equally strongly about the alternative, which is a pat down body search.
In Florida, a 95-year-old wheelchair-bound woman with leukemia was forced to remove her adult diaper during a pat down.
New York, Mar 28 (ANI): A woman in the US, who was left humiliated during an airport security pat down, has claimed that it felt more like fondling than frisking.
Advanced Imaging Technology ( AIT) machine scan or full body pat down
Paul confirmed that the Ambassador was subjected to the pat down security check last week at the Jackson-Evers International Airport.
One of the officers conducted a protective pat down search for weapons because, in his experience, it was common for weapons to be in the vicinity of drug transactions.