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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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After patting him down, authorities also allegedly found him carrying synthetic marijuana.
Police checked respondent for firearms by patting him down while he was asleep, found the handgun, and removed it.
Komatz testified that he felt "a round cylindrical tube" in appellant's back right pocket while patting him down and "actually placed gloves on before pulling the item out." The commonwealth contends that the reasonable inference from the officer's donning of gloves was that he concluded that the cylindrical tube contained illegal drugs.
They took the 17-year-old towards a shopping precinct to withdraw cash before assaulting and patting him down.
The passenger in Fairbrother's car is then filmed getting out and speaking to his victim - getting him to raise his arms, patting him down and emptying his pockets.
While patting him down, one of the officers felt something secreted towards the top of his leg, so he was told he was being detained for a more detailed search to be carried out at the police station.
Local police kept an eye on him, patting him down at the next meeting, but that was all.
Police apprehended the man nearby, and as they were patting him down, a crowd gathered with people shouting and cursing at officers, police said.
He said on the night Mr Askew died a youth was seen demanding cigarettes from Mr Askew, even patting him down to check.
He said on the night Mr Askew died a youth was seen demanding cigarettes from him, even patting him down to check.
As he started searching the victim by patting him down he fainted, the court heard.
With Glennon patting him down the neck in the last 50 yards, Sea-Bird routed Reliance by six lengths, a performance that prompted Timeform to give him a rating of 145, the highest-ever figure given to a horse on the Flat.
Such was his dominance that he continued to extend his advantage on the run-in, even when Ruby Walsh was patting him down the neck.
When Kyle came in they searched him, patting him down and running their thumbs inside the waistband of his trousers.
Mr Wilkins said: "Witnesses see this defendant go to the complainant and hug him as a girl goes behind him and searches him, patting him down. At one point she gets onto her knees and went into his trouser legs and socks."