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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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When the officers stormed the building for a mass arrest, they escorted me into the bright yellow paddy wagons with everyone else.
A bunch of drag queens and their friends pulled from the Stonewall bar in a police raid refused to go docilely into the paddy wagons and all hell broke loose along Christopher Street and in adjoining parks and alleys.
Construction of a pioneer film studio, called the Black Maria because of its resemblance to police paddy wagons, was completed at the Edison laboratories in West Orange, N.
I'd have officers assigned to drive paddy wagons full of these guys down to headquarters with jail cells waiting for them.
Squads of police, fire-department personnel and city employees with bulldozers, dumpsters and paddy wagons assaulted our community.
And yet even back then the men being corralled into police paddy wagons outside the Stonewall Inn bar looked a lot like women.
We get to see women like this dragged into paddy wagons by the cops when they demonstrate for more money for themselves and their children.
Here's the plan: Paddy wagons are lined up outside the party.
I was there when they carted off in paddy wagons those who sang hymns in front of the White House in order to raise a religious voice on behalf of peace in the Persian Gulf.
The community rallied around the event, with cell phones from Nextel for participants to call for ``bail,'' shuttle service provided by Magic Ford and Keyes Valencia in makeshift paddy wagons, and ``jail'' food served by Rio Lobo.