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paddy wagon

Informal. patrol wagon.
Origin of paddy wagon
1925-30; probably paddy policeman, special use of paddy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paddy wagon
  • What comes to mind would be the peace protesters who need to be forcibly carried by police officers to the paddy wagon.
  • Then a bunch of them jumped on me and threw me into the paddy wagon.
  • Appellant drove away as he noticed a paddy wagon in his rear view mirror.
British Dictionary definitions for paddy wagon

paddy wagon

(US & Austral, NZ) an informal word for patrol wagon
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Slang definitions & phrases for paddy wagon

paddy wagon

noun phrase

A police patrol wagon or van; black maria: The cooperative family was being escorted into the paddy wagon

[1930+; fr patrol wagon, perhaps influenced by the fact that many policemen were of Irish extraction, hence paddies]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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