paddy wagon(redirected from a paddywagon)
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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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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