paddy wagon

pad·​dy wagon | \ ˈpa-dē- How to pronounce paddy wagon (audio) \

Definition of paddy wagon

: an enclosed motortruck used by police to carry prisoners

called also Black Maria, patrol wagon

Examples of paddy wagon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Perry looks away in shame, Emily's ushered into a paddy wagon, her deceased son into a hearse., "Perry Mason recap: Haunted by wartime horrors, Mason makes a gruesome discovery," 29 June 2020 They were handcuffed, placed into a police paddy wagon, and taken to the Birmingham City Jail. Carol Robinson |, al, "Protesters arrested in Birmingham park for curfew violation," 2 June 2020 This time, the Capitol Police didn’t have enough paddy wagons for all of the arrestees and had to transport some of us by bus. Barbara Demick, The New Yorker, "Jane Fonda’s Climate-Change Star Power," 27 Dec. 2019 The Associated Press reported that Fonda was taken away in a paddy wagon. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Sam Waterston goes Jane Fonda: Both arrested in D.C. climate change protests," 18 Oct. 2019 Behind the police was parked a paddy wagon, one of its back doors open, the corner of a bench inside it visible. Caleb Crain, Harper's magazine, "Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution," 22 July 2019 As the paddy wagons drove away, bottles, bricks and sticks flew through the air, smashing the windows of departing police cars. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 2018 And then we would be thrown in the paddy wagons, and sometimes we were stacked in there like sardines in a can. CNN, "Here is the speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave the night before he died," 4 Apr. 2018 William Scott, known as Bill, was among a crowd of mostly young African Americans gathering to watch the police hustle club patrons into waiting paddy wagons. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of paddy wagon

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paddy wagon

probably from Paddy

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11 Jul 2020

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“Paddy wagon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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