pat down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theypat down
he/she/itpats down
present participlepatting down
past tensepatted down
past participlepatted down
  1. to touch someone’s clothes in order to check whether they are carrying something such as a weapon or illegal drugs, for example at an airport

    A woman was brought over to pat me down.

See also main entry: pat