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drunk tank

noun, Informal.
a large jail cell where persons arrested for drunkenness are kept, usually overnight.
Origin of drunk tank
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
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drunk tank

(informal) a large police cell used for detaining drunks overnight
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drunk tank

noun phrase

A police detention cell for intoxicated persons: A police reporter had to pick him out of the collection in the drunk tank (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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