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paddywagon

slang A large police van—or any police vehicle—used to transport criminals or suspects to prison. (Possibly offensive, as paddy is a slang pejorative for an Irish person.) Nearly two dozen looters were thrown into paddywagons 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 paddywagon.
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18 November 2016 - Chicago, Illinois-based PaddyWagons has merged with US-based designated driver provider AmRide, the company said.
And as they tried to divide and conquer with their nets, sirens wailing, paddywagons driving in, I saw my people standing against great goliaths, facing down monsters, fighting a war that is not in faraway lands, but here within each of us.
Up to five seats have been taken from dozens of prisoner conveyance vehicles - commonly known as paddywagons.
7million to build, is said by councillors to be half a metre too narrow for Paddywagons, trailers and even ambulances.
Joe Farrell, a driver with the Dublin- based Paddywagons company, said: "Those vehicles were carrying 39 tourists, all foreigners who wanted to see around Belfast.
Joe Farrell, a driver with the Dublin- based Paddywagons company, said: ''Those vehicles were carrying 39 tourists, all foreigners who wanted to see around Belfast.