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A search of a person, especially by an officer of the law, in order to find a hidden object or substance, such as a gun, explosive, or illegal drug, made usually by patting the clothed body and sometimes by examining bodily orifices.
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to search all parts of the body of: Police body-searched the suspects for concealed narcotics.
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Past participle: body-searched
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