drunk tank


noun Informal.

a large jail cell where persons arrested for drunkenness are kept, usually overnight.

Nearby words

  1. drung,
  2. drunk,
  3. drunk as a lord,
  4. drunk dial,
  5. drunk driving,
  6. drunk text,
  7. drunkard,
  8. drunkard's chair,
  9. drunkathon,
  10. drunken

Origin of drunk tank

First recorded in 1940–45

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British Dictionary definitions for drunk tank

drunk tank

noun

informal a large police cell used for detaining drunks overnight
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