Phrasal Verbs

pat down

This page is about the phrasal verb pat down


to check that somebody isn't carrying a prohibited item, such as a gun, by patting different parts of their body



For example

  • pat down sb Security guards patted down everybody who entered the airport.

  • pat sb down In some American schools armed guards pat the kids down before allowing them inside.

Quick Quiz

The police patted the suspects down to make sure they weren't carrying any

a. weapons

b. diseases

c. groceries

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