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paddy wagon

slang A large police van—or any police vehicle—used to transport criminals or suspects to jail. Sometimes considered offensive due to possibly having originated in the US with the use of a slang term ("paddy") for an Irishman, due to either the prevalence of Irish police officers or frequent arrests of Irish immigrants. However, the origin is debated. Nearly two dozen looters were thrown into paddy wagons 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 paddy wagon.
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paddy wagon

n. a police van used to take suspected criminals to the police station. The cop put the woman in handcuffs and then called the paddy wagon.
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I Saw the paddy wagon this morning and I knew," he said.
Since their dad ("the Prince of Adventure") doesn't want to be tied down, they've spent life in their family's bus, the Paddy Wagon, busking [playing music and singing on street corners and at fairs] for a living and depending on Topher, an old family friend, to help them out in tight spots.
Following one of the stings, Stefano said a market hunter uttered from the paddy wagon, "I never want to see another peanut as long as I live
It starts with Bea Smith - a thinner, more vulnerable prisoner than her flame-haired, formidable namesake in the original show - handcuffed in the paddy wagon en route to Wentworth.
In the crowd he saw a former professor, and a high school classmate sat beside him in the paddy wagon.
As we approached the bar another police van pulled up and a policeman sprang out of the paddy wagon and you could see his intention was to sort it all out.
I was in the paddy wagon (police van) with George and with, I think, three Congressmen (and) Martin Luther King III.
They had just raided two Hispanic bars in an industrial stretch of town and nine detainees now sat in the paddy wagon, hands bound with plastic ties.
But the police didn't realise the float had no brakes and, when they stopped, the float crashed into the back of the paddy wagon.
When he said that there was no one to watch the two little ones, they ignored him, and actually piled up all three of them into the paddy wagon and took them to the police station in Ariel.
The cops tried to arrest me and a few other people, but the lock on the paddy wagon wasn't quite locked and we were able to get it open and everyone inside got out and ran.
The paddy wagon was backed onto the beach and the riot police started a different game, called "arrest the lifeguards.
The great thing about A Mighty Wind is that the specially composed songs such as Potatoes In The Paddy Wagon and Barnyard Symphony are so utterly plausible.
The songs, written by various members of cast, fizz with snappy and amusing lyrics including the title track, Potatoes In The Paddy Wagon and the deeply moving The Catheter Song.
We also wrote a song called Potato's in the Paddy Wagon.