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drunk tank

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noun Informal.
  1. a large jail cell where persons arrested for drunkenness are kept, usually overnight.
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Origin of drunk tank

First recorded in 1940–45
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drunk tank

noun
  1. informal a large police cell used for detaining drunks overnight
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