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Black maria   /blæk mərˈiə/   Listen
Black maria

noun
1.
Van used by police to transport prisoners.  Synonyms: paddy wagon, patrol wagon, police van, police wagon, wagon.
2.
A form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades.  Synonym: hearts.






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"Black maria" Quotes from Famous Books



... peeled over his shoulder, thinking he would be justified in shooting if anything started inside. Boys on bicycles pedaled furiously to keep up, and many an automobile barely escaped the curb because the driver was goggling at the mussed-up prisoner in the "Black Maria." ...
— The Trail of the White Mule • B. M. Bower

... the 16th, I was oiling around my Black Maria to take out a local leaving our western terminus just after dark, when a tall, slim old gentleman stepped up to me and asked if I was the engineer. I don't suppose I looked like the president: I confessed, and held up my torch, so I could see ...
— Danger Signals • John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady



Words linked to "Black maria" :   hearts, whist, van, short whist, long whist



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