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paddy wagon

slang A police vehicle, especially a large van, used to transport criminals or suspects to prison. (Potentially offensive, as "paddy" is a derogatory slang term for an Irish person, though the connection between the two terms 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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It was a real honour to be in a paddy wagon with those people," Contactmusic quoted him as telling US news show Access Hollywood Live on Monday.
Afrasiabi told Iran's PressTV the Cambridge police had put him in a paddy wagon for the trip to the court, driven at excessive speed, then jammed on the brakes intentionally so that Afrasiabi's head hit the wall of the wagon, injuring him.
THE NEXT DAY street skating the rotary monument, myself, Emeric, Roberto and Leticia as translators, go for a paddy wagon ride downtown.
Another was beaten bloody, then tossed into a paddy wagon with the instruction that he be driven around for a few hours before being taken to a hospital.
"I saw the two people kissing and thought 'geez, in the back of a paddy wagon - they're keen'," the Northern Territory News quoted her as saying.
But he admitted it is hard for officers to see everything that goes on in the back - and urged anyone who witnesses any untoward happenings in the back of a paddy wagon to call police on 131 444.