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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 two people kissing and thought 'geez, in the back of a paddy wagon - they're keen'," the Northern Territory News quoted her as saying.
I can only hope my book will make a small contribution toward that day when we'll see one long prep walk of administration officers in handcuffs being led out of the White House and into a waiting paddy wagon.
Paddy wagon "is a carry-over from the days when the Irish were low men on the social totem pole and hence fair game when a roundup of miscreants was needed to create favorable publicity for law enforcers," according to the Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origin, Volume II, 1967, by William and Mary Worth.
But Long, who said he was never told why he was asked to leave, was detained in the police paddy wagon for 10 minutes before officials began taking the bodies from the wreck.
There are about a dozen police vehicles at the scene including the region's most senior detective inspectors," she said, "Part of the road has been blocked off and a police paddy wagon with lights flashing is at the property as well.
Jeff Putthoff, then associate pastor of Holy Name Parish, in the back of a paddy wagon.
The songs, written by various members of the cast, fizz with snappy and amusing lyrics including Potato's In The Paddy Wagon and The Catheter Song.
I mean, there was three jam sandwiches, a paddy wagon an then the fire bobbies even broke off from their snooker an turned up.
And, by the way, more clothes protect against road burn when the police drag protesters to the paddy wagon.
It was the third raid on a gay bar in the past two weeks and patrons were fed up, as were the hundreds of Greenwich Village residents who gathered outside the bar as drag queens were led into a paddy wagon.
The big Irish cop at the paddy wagon door just keeps saying, "Move along, buddy, move along.
The newspaper has said that police were called and Worthington was then cuffed and put into a paddy wagon.
One told pals: "I remember going to Cloyne and leaving in the paddy wagon and passing out in there.
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.