pat down

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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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"I took my top off and went closer to try and pat him down with it, then another man started trying to use towels to get the flames under control." Tamas Pocsai also rushed to help after seeing Mr Clark from his nearby flat, bringing wet towels to help douse the flames.
"I took my top off and went closer to try and pat him down with it, then another man arrived and started trying to use towels to get the flames under control."
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They began to pat him down and rummaged around his pockets.
Millidge was spoken to and the officers then decided to search him and asked him to raise his arms so they could pat him down, only for him to keep lowering them.
Hall pulled the gun from his coat when Wright tried to pat him down for weapons, Harcleroad said.
With victory in his grasp, Culhane stopped riding, began to ease down, and even took time to pull his mount's ears and pat him down the neck.
"At this point Emery and another man took hold of their victim by the arms and began to pat him down. Fearing they would find his phone, he grabbed the other person's arms."
"(Wright) asked if he could pat him down for weapons, and at first he said yes, and then he said no and reached in and pulled a 9 mm handgun from his coat area," Harcleroad said.