Irish vacation


Irish vacation
   American
   a term in prison
   Alluding to the supposed lawlessness of 19thcentury Irish immigrants into America, or to a tendency of the authorities to pick on them, or to the preponderance of Irishmen among the jailers:
    The author knitted police court news... rude winks about rough lads who might be going away for 'an Irish vacation'. (Proulx, 1993)

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