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

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Idioms and Phrases with tank up

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]

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