[ tangk ]
/ tæŋk /
a large receptacle, container, or structure for holding a liquid or gas: tanks for storing oil.
a natural or artificial pool, pond, or lake.
Military. an armored, self-propelled combat vehicle, armed with cannon and machine guns and moving on a caterpillar tread.
Slang. a prison cell or enclosure for more than one occupant, as for prisoners awaiting a hearing.
verb (used with object)
to put or store in a tank.
verb (used without object)
Slang. to do poorly or decline rapidly; fail: The movie tanked at the box office.
- to fill the gas tank of an automobile or other motor vehicle.
- Slang. to drink a great quantity of alcoholic beverage, especially to intoxication.
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- failing, doing poorly, or declining: His grades were in the tank last quarter.
- favoring, colluding, or assisting in a partisan way (often followed by with or for): The talk-show host was in the tank with the Green Party.
go in/into the tank, Boxing Slang. to go through the motions of a match but deliberately lose because of an illicit prearrangement or fix; throw a fight.
in the tank, Slang.
Origin of tank
1610–20; perhaps jointly < Gujarati tānkh reservoir, lake, and Portuguese tanque, contraction of estanque pond, literally, something dammed up, derivative of estancar (< Vulgar Latin *stanticāre) to dam up, weaken; adopted as a cover name for the military vehicle during the early stages of its manufacture in England (December, 1915)
Related formstank·less, adjectivetank·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for go into the tank
/ (tæŋk) /
a large container or reservoir for the storage of liquids or gasestanks for storing oil
- an armoured combat vehicle moving on tracks and armed with guns, etc, originally developed in World War I
- (as modifier)a tank commander; a tank brigade
British and US dialect a reservoir, lake, or pond
- a light-tight container inside which a film can be processed in daylight, the solutions and rinsing waters being poured in and out without light entering
- any large dish or container used for processing a number of strips or sheets of film
slang, mainly US
- a jail
- a jail cell
Also called: tankful the quantity contained in a tank
Australian a dam formed by excavation
(tr) to put or keep in a tank
(intr) to move like a tank, esp heavily and rapidly
slang to defeat heavily
(intr) informal to fail, esp commercially
See also tank up
Derived Formstankless, adjectivetanklike, adjective
Word Origin for tank
C17: from Gujarati tānkh artificial lake, but influenced also by Portuguese tanque, from estanque pond, from estancar to dam up, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to block, stanch
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Idioms and Phrases with go into the tank
In addition to the idiom beginning with tank
- tank up
- think tank
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