Origin of tanked
- 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.
- tank top.
- to put or store in a tank.
- Slang. to do poorly or decline rapidly; fail: The movie tanked at the box office.
- tank up,
- to fill the gas tank of an automobile or other motor vehicle.
- Slang.to drink a great quantity of alcoholic beverage, especially to intoxication.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of tank
Related Wordsdrunken, tipsy, wasted, intoxicated, ripped, stoned, smashed, wired, stewed, glazed, lush, blind, muddled, looped, inebriated, boozed, bombed, loaded, potted, tanked
Examples from the Web for tanked
Indeed, my afternoon mental focus after a run was about 11% higher, compared to a healthy lunch that tanked my mind by about 9%.How to Use Your Lunch Hour for Better Productivity, Without Ever Taking a Bite
April 23, 2014
Last month Cloud Atlas, her most recent film, tanked at the box office.Halle Berry’s Custody Fight Gets Physical
November 29, 2012
After Rollerball tanked, things hit a snag for Klein, resulting in a two-year gap in his acting resume from 2003-05.Chris Klein Opens Up About His Battle With Alcohol, Katie Holmes, and ‘American Reunion’
April 6, 2012
He tanked with right-wing voters because he made the fatal error of showing some humanity to the children of illegal immigrants.Michael Tomasky on Newt Gingrich's Momentary Explosion of GOP Support
November 15, 2011
In 2007, Across the Universe, a musical created around the songs of the Beatles, tanked.Spider-Man's Real Villain
March 13, 2011
In the ordinary morning ablutions they tanked without suffocating.
They tanked her cruel they did, and kept her under water till she was nigh gone.
She visited the tanked one, found her in a cold room after it, shivering like ague, and her teeth chattering.
He never could imbibe enough and, when tanked full, contentedly resigned to her the right to rule.On the Mexican Highlands
William Seymour Edwards
The substance of her answer was, that she could do everything under the sun, provided she were not “tanked” after.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
- 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
Word Origin and History for tanked
"to lose or fail," 1976, originally in tennis jargon, but said there to be from boxing, from tank (n.) in some sense. Related: Tanked; tanking. Adjective tanked "drunk" is from 1893.
1610s, "pool or lake for irrigation or drinking water," a word originally brought by the Portuguese from India, ultimately from Gujarati tankh "cistern, underground reservoir for water," Marathi tanken, or tanka "reservoir of water, tank."
Perhaps from Sanskrit tadaga-m "pond, lake pool," and reinforced in later sense of "large artificial container for liquid" (1680s) by Portuguese tanque "reservoir," from estancar "hold back a current of water," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare (see stanch). But others say the Portuguese word is the source of the Indian ones.
Meaning "fuel container" is recorded from 1902. Military use originated 1915, partly as a code word, partly because they looked like benzene tanks. They were first used in action at Pozieres ridge, on the Western Front, Sept. 15, 1916. Slang meaning "detention cell" is from 1912.
Idioms and Phrases with tanked
In addition to the idiom beginning with tank
- tank up
- think tank