Smokey Bear

smokey

[smoh-kee]
noun, plural smokeys. (often initial capital letter) Slang.
1.
an officer or officers of a state highway patrol.
2.
a state police car.
Also called Smokey Bear.


Origin:
1970–75, Americanism; shortened from Smokey the Bear, a cartoon figure used in the U. S. Forest Service's fire prevention campaign, depicted wearing a hat similar to those worn by state police officers

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Smokey Bear
"state policeman," 1974, from truckers' slang, in ref. to the wide-brim style of hat worn by state troopers.
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