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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A patrol wagon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A police van for transporting prisoners.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the close wagon in which prisoners are carried to or from jail.
  • a paddy wagon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. van used by police to transport prisoners
  • n. a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown, but first usage is from the 1830's. (Wiktionary)


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