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meat wagon

noun, Slang.
an ambulance.
Origin of meat wagon
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • We thought that we might have to order the meat wagon out, said Goldie.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol

    Henry Harley Arnold
  • Followed that duffer into this trap like a pup trailing a meat wagon.

    The Auto Boys' Quest James A Braden
  • The man had been pulled off of a meat wagon and riddled with bullets.

    Mob Rule in New Orleans Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • He shrugged disgustedly, ordered the wicker basket from the meat wagon and had the old woman carried out.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
  • Back to the east, near the eastern Ohio state line, Martin could hear Car 207 calling for a wrecker and meat wagon.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • The hook and ladder company followed and a meat wagon, or rather a meat-wagon horse, galloped after.

    The Adopting of Rosa Marie Carroll Watson Rankin
Slang definitions & phrases for meat wagon

meat wagon

noun phrase

  1. An ambulance: He woke up in the meatwagon/I got a lift in the meat wagon to the hospital where I got the treatment of a fuckin' king (1925+)
  2. A hearse: They have the meat wagon following him around (1950s+)
  3. A group or stable of second-rate fighters: Montoya was known for running a meat wagon, a wholesale source of journeymen opponents (1980s+ Prizefighting)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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