tank town

noun

Definition of tank town

: a small town

Examples of tank town in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sugar Ray Robinson fighting in tank towns, Joe Louis refereeing wrestling matches and glad-handing at Las Vegas casinos—but no one could have predicted such a fate when Ali was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. John Schulian, WSJ, "The King’s Ransom," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tank town

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tank town

from the fact that trains stopped at such towns only to take on water

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The first known use of tank town was in 1906

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“Tank town.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tank%20town. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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