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(out) on patrol

away from a central location, watching over a distant or assigned area. (Said especially of police and soldiers.) Officer Smith is out on patrol and cannot see you now. The soldiers who are on patrol on this snowy night must be very cold.
See also: on, patrol

bush patrol

1. n. a session of necking and petting. (Here patrol has the military meaning of assignment.) Martha and Paul spent the evening on bush patrol.
2. n. an imaginary search through campus shrubbery to flush out the necking couples. Bush patrol starts at midnight, so be in by then.
See also: bush, patrol
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Army Infantry School is responsible for keeping our doctrine for dismounted patrolling up-to-date.
Furthermore, officers on bikes can cover more territory in less time and with less effort than officers patrolling on foot.
11 attacks, officers have been more vigilant in patrolling public buildings.
Plus, officers on bicycles, particularly those patrolling around Burbank Village, are more accessible to people than officers in patrol cars.
In Palmdale, three extra patrol cars will be placed in high-traffic areas, uniformed volunteers including the Sheriff's Mounted Posse are patrolling the Antelope Valley Mall parking lot and deputies on bicycles will patrol business areas throughout Palmdale.
The mounted patrol members left Friday, in time to start work Sunday, and the plan is for them to stay all week, patrolling the city as needed, officials said.
Photo: (1--color) Ski patrol directors throughout the country are keeping up with the times with the hiring of patrolling units on snowboards.
I don't believe there is anywhere else in the county where there's been a team together patrolling one area as long as we have.