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Topic: POLICE

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from Paddy 'Irish person, (Irish) policeman' (18-21 centuries), from the male name Paddy, from Irish Gaelic Padraig 'Patrick'

paddy wagon

noun
     
paddy wagon [countable]
American English informalSCP a police vehicle used to carry prisoners
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