Definition of body search in English:

body search


  • A search of a person's body and clothing for illicit weapons, drugs, or other articles, conducted typically by customs officials or the police.

    • ‘The machine provides a digital image of a suspect within seconds, eliminating the need for a body search.’
    • ‘Security personnel became suspicious of her at the entrance to the border crossing, and found the explosives in her pants during a body search.’
    • ‘An inspection of the rented car and a body search turned up a small amount of gold, four mobile phones and 10,000 baht in cash.’
    • ‘A shop cleaner who was subjected to a humiliating body search by a male supervisor has won a claim for compensation.’
    • ‘Now, whenever he leaves his cell he will be subject to a body search.’
    • ‘Not only are workers scanned with metal detectors, but they are also subjected to a full body search by security guards at the end of each shift.’
    • ‘In the chamber, they were lined up against a wall and a body search was conducted and the binds on their feet were removed.’
    • ‘The line to get into the rally stretched for hundreds of yards as unionists, environmental activists, and fair trade advocates moved at a snail's pace through two lines of police officers, a bag search, and a body search.’
    • ‘Please, if you don't mind, you'll have to go through the body search.’
    • ‘During a body search, officers found a .22 caliber pistol and 4 rounds of ammunition.’
    • ‘If a dog indicates to its handler that it can smell an illicit substance, the officer can order an on-the-spot body search.’
    • ‘We must wait our turn outside before we disgorge identification and the contents of our pockets, remove our shoes, walk through the metal detectors, and raise our arms high for a full body search.’
    • ‘Currently, teachers cannot carry out a body search or check bags or lockers.’
    • ‘The body search, unfortunately, did not take place.’
    • ‘Each person was subjected to a full body search, said Jennifer.’
    • ‘Those who enter must first pass through fortified barriers and metal detectors, then submit to a full body search.’
    • ‘A full body search is then performed, followed by an airport-style scan.’
    • ‘After a quick body search, the police put 11 of us in a bullpen.’
    • ‘Clearly going through someone's pockets or handbag is less of an affront than a body search.’
    • ‘Every person was subjected to a thorough body search with girls being forced, under protest, to reveal the contents of their bags.’
    search, body-search, check, inspect, examine
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body search