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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Police were called and when officers arrived at the scene they patted him down and discovered the black flick knife in a trouser pocket," said Mr Hugh O'Brien Quinn, prosecuting.
According to a news release issued Tuesday, the officer found a vaporizer pen and cannabis cartridge on Mojica-Vazquez when the officer patted him down. The officer then searched the vehicle and found a .380 handgun behind the vehicle's radio that police said they were able to tie to Mojica-Vazquez, authorities said.
Johnson was seen leaning forward against the railing, next to the elevator, talking to someone over the phone, when two of the officers patted him down to ensure he was not armed.
The well-dressed, bespectacled expatriate had been doing nothing wrong as he strolled along the Taman Tun Dr Ismail area of the Malaysian capital, but as someone who saw himself as a guest in the country it was only natural for the doubts to creep through his mind as the two officers patted him down, rifled through his bag and demanded him to empty his pockets.
In the precinct Johnson punched the teenager and when he went to the ground kicked and stamped on him to the face and head "while Adams patted him down'.'.
She said the men patted him down and hit him repeatedly in the gut.
Haslar believed this behavior provided reasonable suspicion that Fontaine was up to no good, so he brought the man back to his patrol car, where he patted him down for weapons and wrote up a traffic ticket.
"He refused and the defendant patted him down and took it."
Cosentino entered the town office building, Chief Whitaker patted him down. The chief said he also kept an eye on him Tuesday night at the recount of the Feb.
He could feel the blood running down his face, and one of the men patted him down for other valuables and snapped off a gold chain with a crucifix around his neck.
Police said they patted him down and took his mobile phone.
Officers returned to him, patted him down a second time, and removed a cigarette pack that was found to contain foil packets full of heroin.
after the battle the Lieutenant strode forward, patted him down looking for concealed prose implements the soldier confiscated a single black pen and a small notebook filled with doodles of women
During breaks she patted him down like an old racehorse.
Officers responded and immediately detained a man on his front porch and patted him down for weapons.