Word forms: strip-searches
verb [usu passive] If a person is strip-searched, someone such as a police officer makes them take off all their clothes and searches them, usually to see if they are carrying drugs or weapons. Compare body search. [be V-ed + for] ⇒ All 23 of them were strip-searched for drugs. [Also be V-ed] Strip search is also a noun. ⇒ They suspected that he might be carrying a weapon and ordered a strip search.
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