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tank

 (tăngk)
n.
1.
a. A large, often metallic container for holding or storing liquids or gases.
b. The amount that this container can hold: buy a tank of gas.
2. A usually artificial pool, pond, reservoir, or cistern, especially one used to hold water for drinking or for irrigation.
3. A usually glass-walled container in which live fish, reptiles, or other animals are kept.
4. An enclosed, heavily armored combat vehicle that is armed with cannon and machine guns and moves on continuous tracks.
5. A tank top.
6. Slang A jail or jail cell.
v. tanked, tank·ing, tanks
v.tr.
To place, store, or process in a tank.
v.intr.
Informal To suffer a sudden decline or failure: The stock market tanked yesterday.
Phrasal Verb:
tank up
1. Slang To drink to the point of intoxication.
2. To fill the tank of a motor vehicle with gasoline.
Idiom:
in the tank
1. In reserve: a runner who didn't have enough in the tank to hold the lead.
2. In a state of decline or failure: Stocks have been in the tank for months.
3. Enthusiastically partial; strongly favoring: a reporter accused of being in the tank for a candidate.

[Partly from an Indic source such as Gujarati ṭāṃkhī, cistern, and ṭāṃkhī,ṃ, reservoir, or Marathi ṭāṃkeṃ, cistern, reservoir (all from Prakrit ṭaṅka, ditch, reservoir, of unknown origin) and partly from Portuguese tanque, reservoir (variant of estanque, from estancar, to dam up, from Vulgar Latin *stanticāre; see stanch1). Noun, sense 4, from the fact that in WWI the British army tried to conceal the development and transport of such armored vehicles by referring to them as water tanks in documents and communications.]

tank′ful′ (-fo͝ol′) n.

tank up

vb (adverb)
1. to fill the tank of (a vehicle) with petrol
2. slang to imbibe or cause to imbibe a large quantity of alcoholic drink
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tank up

verb
Slang. To take alcoholic liquor, especially excessively or habitually:
Informal: nip, soak.
Slang: booze, lush.
Idioms: bend the elbow, hit the bottle .
Translations

w>tank up

vi
(ship, plane)auftanken; (car, driver)volltanken, auftanken
(Brit inf, = get drunk) → sich volllaufen lassen (inf)
vt sep
ship, planeauftanken; carvolltanken, auftanken
(Brit inf) to get tanked upsich volllaufen lassen (inf)(on mit); to be tanked upvoll sein (inf)
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