welfare check
 n.— «Because of the woman’s apparent haste in entering the building, the officer reportedly turned around and drove back to the convenience store to make a “welfare check,” a police term for making sure there were no problems that might need police intervention.» —“Third suspect arrested in Charley murder” by Marian Hamilton in Milan, N.M. Cibola County Beacon (Santa Fe, N.M.) Mar. 25, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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