drunk tank


: a large detention cell for arrested drunks

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Bohemian waxwings that got drunk on fermented berries and then were locked in the government’s avian drunk tank. Eva Holland, Outside Online, 23 May 2019 The first week of January was then flooded with other seating position polls, with commenters weighing in on the best seat in a doomsday bunker, a Subway, an NYPD drunk tank, the Golden Globes, and the Seinfeld apartment. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, 22 Dec. 2020 The young folksinger from upstate New York spent a night in a drunk tank in New Orleans with a man who used the name Mr. Bojangles. Eva Hambach, National Geographic, 26 Oct. 2020 Their jail is used primarily as a drunk tank; 97% of the crimes committed by Alaska natives involve alcohol. CBS News, 3 June 2019 The planet is merely a drunk tank for heaven, a pointless stop on a final journey. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drunk tank was in 1947

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Cite this Entry

“Drunk tank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunk%20tank. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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