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tank town

a town where trains stop to take on a supply of water.
any small, unimportant, or uninteresting town.
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An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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tank town

noun phrase

A small town, such as one featuring mainly a water tank for locomotives; jerk town (1906+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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