drunk tank


drunk tank
noun
: a large detention cell for persons arrested for drunkenness

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Informal.
a large jail cell where persons arrested for drunkenness are kept, usually overnight.
[1940-45]

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n. informal a large prison cell for the detention of drunks

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noun, pl ⋯ tanks [count]
US informal : a large jail cell where drunk people who have been arrested are kept

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ˈdrunk tank 8 [drunk tank] noun (informal, humorous, especially NAmE)
a place where people are put by the police because they are drunk

He spent the night in the drunk tank.

The police left the teenagers in the drunk tank.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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