Definition of paddy wagon in English:

paddy wagon

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noun

North American informal
  • A police van.
    More example sentences
    • The protesters refused, and a few minutes later the police arrived with a paddy wagon.
    • Demonstrators attempted to prevent the arrest by blocking access to a police paddy wagon which had showed up to carry the mime away.
    • All this time, the person is locked in the paddy wagon with the police standing around outside, talking to the medical staff.

Origin

1930s: paddy from Paddy, perhaps because formerly many American police officers were of Irish descent.

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