paddy wagon

noun
pad·dy wagon | \ˈpa-dē- \

Definition of paddy wagon 

: an enclosed motortruck used by police to carry prisoners

called also Black Maria, patrol wagon

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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 Faster than a hot-rodder can shift into high gear, there were four paddy wagons, five radio cars and four tactical squads — 40 men altogether — converging on the dragsters. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "A look at the past: Cesar Chavez funeral draws 35,000," 25 Apr. 2018 Several policemen dressed as Keystone Kops, have been driving about downtown Glendale streets in a black paddy wagon of ancient vintage, offering tickets for sale. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Keystone Kops sell tickets to Glendale vaudeville show," 10 Apr. 2018 His police moved in, herding the children into squad cars, paddy wagons and school buses for the trip to jail. Steven Levingston, Washington Post, "Children have changed America before, braving fire hoses and police dogs for civil rights," 22 Feb. 2018 His police moved in, herding the children into squad cars, paddy wagons and school buses for the trip to jail. Steven Levingston, Washington Post, "Children have changed America before, braving fire hoses and police dogs for civil rights," 22 Feb. 2018 Outside, dozens of uniformed officers were waiting with billy clubs and paddy wagons. Eric Markowitz, Newsweek, "The Most Dangerous Gay Man in America Fought Violence With Violence," 25 Jan. 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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