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1. slang An ambulance, especially on its way to a gruesome incident. I had to sit there and hold my own guts in place while we waited for a meat wagon to arrive. They loaded up the poor guy into the meat wagon, his leg barely attached to his body anymore.
2. slang Any vehicle, such as that of a coroner, used to transport a dead body from some place to a morgue. Police set up a barrier around the area until a meat wagon could come and collect the body.
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n. an ambulance. The meat wagon showed up just as they were pulling what was left of Marty out of what was left of her car.
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