tank town


: a small town

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Example Sentences

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, 6 Oct. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 30 Sep. 2022.

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