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English definition of “strip search”

strip search

noun [C]    
the process of removing the clothes of a prisoner , or someone thought to have committed a crime , by a police officer or government official in order to find any illegal things, such as drugs SearchingRelating to detection and solving crimes strip-search     verb [T] We were stopped by customs officers at the airport and strip-searched for no apparent reason .SearchingRelating to detection and solving crimes
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