frisk
frisk vt: to run the hand rapidly over the outer clothing of (a suspect) for the purpose of finding concealed weapons compare search
◇ The purpose of frisking a suspect is to insure the safety of an officer making an investigation against concealed weapons, not to uncover evidence. The officer must be justified in his or her encounter of the suspect and must have a reasonable suspicion that the suspect is armed. The scope of the frisk must be limited to the discovery of weapons.
frisk n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

frisk
verb check, conduct a search, examine, examine closely, examine intently, explore, hunt, hunt through, inspect, 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

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


frisk
v.
A quick physical search of a person to feel for concealed weapons done by running hands over the body over clothing.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


frisk
Quickly patting down the clothes of a suspect to search for a concealed weapon.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


frisk
1 v. To search another for a weapon or contraband.
2 n. The search of another for a weapon or contraband.
See also search.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


frisk
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.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


frisk
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.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Frisk — can refer to different things including:*Frisking is where a police officer or other law enforcement agent runs his or her hands along the outer garments to detect any concealed weapons or other contraband; *Frisk is a surname of Swedish origin,… …   Wikipedia

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  • Frisk — Frisk, a. [OF. frieque, cf. OHG. frise lively, brisk, fresh, Dan. & Sw. frisk, Icel. friskr. See {Fresh}, a.] Lively; brisk; frolicsome; frisky. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frisk — (fr[i^]sk), v. t. To search (a person) for concealed weapons or other objects, by patting the clothing to detect objects underneath; as, the police pulled the car over and frisked the occupants. Syn: frisk. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frisk — [frısk] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: frisk full of energy (16 18 centuries), from Old French frisque] 1.) [T] to search someone for hidden weapons, drugs etc by feeling their body with your hands ▪ We were frisked at the airport can you believe… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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