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v. frisked, frisk·ing, frisks
To search (a person) for something concealed, especially a weapon, by passing the hands quickly over clothes or through pockets.
To move about briskly and playfully; frolic.
1. The act of frisking someone.
2. An energetic, playful movement; a gambol.

[From Middle English frisk, lively, from Old French frisque, of Germanic origin.]

frisk′er n.
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Noun1.frisking - the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugsfrisking - the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs; "he gave the suspect a quick frisk"
search, hunting, hunt - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
strip search - searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs by having them remove their clothes
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-- President Donald Trump drew an enthusiastic response from a law-and-order crowd Monday, advocating the use of "stop and frisk" policing and saying he has directed the Justice Department to work with local officials in Chicago to stem violence in the nation's third-largest city.
"Stop and Frisk in Brownsville," The New York Times, July 11.
De Blasio, a Democrat, told reporters after the meeting that it was important for the Republican president-elect to hear the voices from "outside the transition bubble" to understand why people were "so deeply concerned." The mayor said he talked to Trump about financial regulation on Wall Street, taxes, immigration, the city's Muslim community and the policing tactic known as stop and frisk, which was pioneered in New York City but was later abandoned because it disproportionately targeted minorities.
Stop and Frisk: The Use and Abuse of a Controversial Policing Tactic
54 percent of Stop and Frisk instances involved black people while Hispanics accounted for 29 percent.
'Stop and frisk' had saved lives and reduced crime in New York City under Giuliani, the Trumpcampaign said in a statement.
Stop and frisk offers an exception to the warrant requirement, allowing police officers to interrogate any person for whom there is a reasonable belief that he or she is engaging in criminal behavior.
Under the settlement, the NYPD will continue to stop and frisk people, which the Supreme Court has said is permitted under the Fourth Amendment when police reasonably suspect someone is involved in criminal activity and (for the pat-down) that he is armed.
"Stop and frisk" isn't just a reality in New York City.
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly's support for stop-and-frisk stem from their beliefs that it is an effective mechanism for fighting crime by reducing the number of guns and drug sales on New York City streets (Stop and Frisk, 2013).
Over and over, de Blasio stressed that Bratton will try to continue the city's record public safety gains while improving police-community relations, which he said he believes have been strained by the police tactic known as stop and frisk.
Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:14 Dahlia Scheindlin /+972 Magazine federal judge in New York "stop and frisk" On Monday, aruled against the New York City Police Department'spractice (a policy not limited of course to New York).