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paddywagon

slang A large police van—or any police vehicle—used to transport criminals or suspects to prison. (Possibly offensive, as paddy is a slang pejorative for an Irish person.) Nearly two dozen looters were thrown into paddywagons by police forces trying to quell the riots. After Jeff got drunk and started assaulting a bouncer, he ended his night in the back of a paddywagon.
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Up to five seats have been taken from dozens of prisoner conveyance vehicles - commonly known as paddywagons.
7million to build, is said by councillors to be half a metre too narrow for Paddywagons, trailers and even ambulances.
Joe Farrell, a driver with the Dublin- based Paddywagons company, said: ''Those vehicles were carrying 39 tourists, all foreigners who wanted to see around Belfast.
Mine is a big green van with Paddywagons written on the side so it is fairly obvious where it is from.
Joe Farrell, a driver with the Dublin- based Paddywagons company, said: "Those vehicles were carrying 39 tourists, all foreigners who wanted to see around Belfast.