pak pai

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Etymology[edit]

From Cantonese 白牌, literally ‘white numberplate’.

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Noun[edit]

pak pai ‎(plural pak pai or pak pais)

  1. (now historical) A car used as an illegal taxi in Hong Kong. [from 20th c.]
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 471:
      He took pak-pais, knowing they were less under the thumb of the police.