(UK Und.) a padlock.
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 88/1: Upon reaching the place Joe ‘turned off’ the ‘paddy’.|
|Life In Sing Sing 258: He sprung the paddy with a screw. He opened the lock with a key.|
|Keys to Crookdom 413: Paddy. A padlock.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|‘Screwsman’s Lament’ Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 67: We went round to a lockup, to nick ourselves a drag, / We took the paddy off the door, the rest was in the bag.|