Idioms

    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.
    1. failing, doing poorly, or declining: His grades were in the tank last quarter.
    2. 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.

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 forms

tank·less, adjectivetank·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tank up (1 of 2)

tank up


verb (adverb) mainly British

to fill the tank of (a vehicle) with petrol
slang to imbibe or cause to imbibe a large quantity of alcoholic drink

British Dictionary definitions for tank up (2 of 2)

tank

/ (tæŋk) /

noun

verb

See also tank up

Derived Forms

tankless, 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 tank up (1 of 2)

tank up


1

Fill a gas tank with fuel, as in As soon as we tank up the car we can leave. [First half of 1900s]

2

Drink to the point of intoxication. F. Scott Fitzgerald used this expression in The Great Gatsby (1926): “I think he'd tanked up a good deal at luncheon.” This expression often is put in the passive, meaning “be or become intoxicated,” as in My roommate really got tanked up last night. [Slang; c. 1900]

Idioms and Phrases with tank up (2 of 2)

tank


In addition to the idiom beginning with tank

  • tank up

also see:

  • think tank
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