drunk tank


Definition of drunk tank

: a large detention cell for arrested drunks

Examples of drunk tank in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their jail is used primarily as a drunk tank; 97% of the crimes committed by Alaska natives involve alcohol. CBS News, "Attorney General William Barr's visit to Alaska shines light on the "neediest people"," 3 June 2019 The planet is merely a drunk tank for heaven, a pointless stop on a final journey. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on the 17th anniversary of 9/11," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of drunk tank

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Drunk tank.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drunk%20tank. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drunk tank

US, informal : a large jail cell where drunk people who have been arrested are kept

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