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Black Maria

[muh-rahy-uh]
noun
  1. patrol wagon.
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Origin of Black Maria

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for black maria

Black Maria

noun
  1. a police van for transporting prisoners
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