black Maria

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Synonyms for black Maria

van used by police to transport prisoners

a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades

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A likelier connection could be a famous race horse named Black Maria whose greatest victory was a 20 mile race run in New York in 1832.
Why weren't they joined by ropemakers, undertakers, cigarette firms (they did a cushy line in last requests) and those macabre hordes who, for generations, had risen at dawn and clattered the sides of black marias en route to the noose, because they enjoyed the sport?
Some slip around and tap dance in pools of vomit in a highly gymnastic manner while others actually seem to hang in the air for a good half an hour as policemen hurl them into the back of their Black Marias.