frisk

Contact of the outer clothing of a person to detect by the sense of touch whether a concealed weapon is being carried. People v. Francis, 1 Dept, 108 A.D.2d 322, 489 N.Y.S.2d 166.
A pat-down search of a suspect by police, designed to discover weapons for purpose of insuring safety of officer and others nearby, and not to recover contraband or other evidence for use at subsequent trial. The scope of a frisk has been limited by the courts to be less than a full-scale search.
In determining whether a police officer had a basis for initiating a frisk, there are two matters to be considered. One concerns whether the officer had a sufficient degree of suspicion that the party frisked was armed and dangerous, and the other whether the officer was rightfully in the presence of the party frisked so as to be endangered if that person was armed. Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 88 S.Ct. 1868, 20 L.Ed.2d 889.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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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 — [ frısk ] verb 1. ) frisk or frisk down transitive to search someone with your hands in order to see if they are carrying anything illegal such as a gun or drugs: All of the passengers were frisked by the airport police. 2. ) intransitive if… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • frisk|y — «FRIHS kee», adjective, frisk|i|er, frisk|i|est. playful; lively: »The beach was teeming with people from friskmerry little children to decrepit old men just soaking up the sun. – …   Useful english dictionary

  • frisk — • frisk, fräsch, primör • frisk, sval, kylig, skarp, bitande, färsk, fräsch • frisk, sund, kry, rapp, rask, välmående, välbehållen • blomstrande, fräsch, frisk, frodig …   Svensk synonymlexikon

  • 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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