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A term used in Criminal Law to refer to the superficial running of the hands over the body of an individual by a law enforcement agent or official in order to determine whether such individual is holding an illegal object, such as a weapon or narcotics. A frisk is distinguishable from a search, which is a more extensive examination of an individual.


Stop and Frisk.


v. quickly patting down the clothes of a possible criminal suspect to determine if there is a concealed weapon. This police action is generally considered legal (constitutional) without a search warrant. Generally it is preferred that women officers frisk women and men officers frisk men.


verb check, conduct a search, examine, examine closely, examine intently, explore, hunt, hunt through, investigate, lascivire, look into, look over, look through, peer into, poke into, probe, pry into, rake through, review, salire, scan, scour, scrutinize, search one's pockets, search through, seek, subject to scrutiny
Associated concepts: reasonable belief that safety requires a patting down, search, stop and frisk
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And since I may not have the Whiskers Friskers or my Bodyguard, you might ask Glinda to let me take away just two or three of these jugglers.
Gummy grannies with legs bandied by toil bring bras and panties designed for the nubile friskers of the night, husband-swappers bear pop-up toasters bought between pints, bucolic aunties clutch bottles of Persian-scented bubble bath, a Girl Guide mistress in the late autumn of her canoeing years hides a suspender belt behind the toggles of her duffel coat.
Guthrie proclaimed, "You Land Shirks, and other Friskers, listen to me, the hungrier you make us, the wiser we get .