paddywagon

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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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The Paddywagon firm has faced sectarian attacks in Belfast.