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empty the tank
To contribute, expend, or put forth the utmost of one's effort, ability, and/or energy. The veteran singer still empties the tank at each and every one of his performances. All right, ladies. There's two minutes left and we need four more points to win the game, so go out there and empty the tank!
built like a tank
Having a physique or structure that is strong and physically imposing. Man, you're built like a tank! You'd be a great addition to the football team as a linebacker! If you're going out in this snow, take my car—it's built like a tank!
An organization or group of people working to perform research and propose solutions and courses of action to another organization or group, often political parties, government bodies, or the military. President Ronald Reagan based many of his policies on the results of a study done by the Heritage Foundation, an influential conservative think tank.
be built like a tank
To have a physique or structure that is strong and physically imposing. George started going to the gym every day since January—now he's built like a tank! These bomb shelters are built like tanks by design, so they can withstand anything.
tank up (on something)
1. To fill the gasoline tank of a motor vehicle. We'll need to tank up before we get on the highway tomorrow.
2. To eat or drink until one is full. We're going to be having dinner soon, so don't tank up on chips and candy. We stopped halfway to tank up on trail mix and water.
3. To drink (an alcoholic beverage) to the point of intoxication. Make sure you don't tank up during lunch; we don't want any mistakes during the board meeting this afternoon. He just sat silently at the bar, tanking up on whiskey and soda.
4. To ply someone with alcohol to the point of intoxication. In this usage, a name, noun, and pronoun can be used between "tank" and "up." It was my 21st birthday, so my friends tanked me up all manner of liquor. Someone spiked the punch to try and tank up the entire auditorium of students.
5. To cause someone to become intoxicated due to being ingested. In this usage, a name, noun, and pronoun can be used between "tank" and "up." Wow, that cocktail you made me really tanked me up!
tank up(on something) and tank up with something
1. Lit. to fill one's fuel tank with something. I need to tank up on premium gas to stop this engine knock. It's time to stop and tank up. We need to tank up with gas.
2. Sl. to drink some kind of alcoholic beverage. toby spent the evening tanking up on bourbon. Jerry tanked up with gin and went to sleep.
1. Fill a gas tank with fuel, as in As soon as we tank up the car we can leave. [First half of 1900s]
2. Drink to the point of intoxication. F. Scott Fitzgerald used this expression in The Great Gatsby (1926): "I think he'd tanked up a good deal at luncheon." This expression often is put in the passive, meaning "be or become intoxicated," as in My roommate really got tanked up last night. [Slang; c. 1900]
A group or organization dedicated to problem-solving and research, especially in such areas as technology, social or political strategy, and the military. For example, The congressional leaders rely too heavily on that conservative think tank. This term originated about 1900 as a facetious colloquialism for brain and was given its new meaning about 1950.
built like a tank
1. If someone is built like a tank, they are very big and strong. He was built like a tank and always sat alone in the bar.
2. If an object is built like a tank, it is very strong and will last a long time. Once I had a Czechoslovakian motorbike. It was built like a tank, weighed a ton, and was pure joy to ride.
a tiger in your tankenergy, spirit, or animation.
This expression originated as a 1960s advertising slogan for Esso petrol: ‘Put a tiger in your tank’.
be built like a ˈtank(also be built like a ˌbrick ˈshithouse taboo, slang) (of a person) be very big and strong: He’s a wrestler? Well, that doesn’t surprise me — he’s built like a tank!
in the ˈtank(American English, informal, business) (about the price of shares, bonds, etc.) falling quickly: Technology stocks are doing well, but everything else is in the tank.
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1. To fill the tank of a motor vehicle with gasoline: Gas prices are so high, I can barely afford to tank up. Don't tank up with low-quality gasoline.
2. To eat, drink, or accumulate a supply of food or drink: Midway through the hike, we stopped by a stream to tank up on water. The travelers pulled into a roadside diner and tanked up.
3. Slang To intoxicate someone: Someone poured a bottle of vodka in the punch and tanked up the unsuspecting partygoers. The kids got tanked up on soda pop and ran around in the yard. Many of the revelers were too tanked up to drive home.
4. Slang To drink to the point of intoxication: The losing team is tanking up at the bar.
5. Slang To be consumed to the point of intoxicating someone: That last glass of whiskey really tanked me up.
n. a bus. Watch out for them avenue tanks when you cross the street.
n. a jail cell where drunks are kept. (see also junk tank.) They hose down the drunk tank every hour on Friday and Saturday nights.
n. a jail cell where addicts are kept. (see also drunk tank.) That junk tank is a very dangerous place.
on the tankand on a tank
mod. on a drinking bout. All the guys were on the tank last Saturday.
on a tankverb
See on the tank
1. and tank up in. to drink too much beer; to drink to excess. Let’s go out this Friday and tank a while.
2. n. a drunkard. (Usually tank-up.) You’re turning into a real tank, Harry.
3. n. a jail cell for holding drunks. One night in the tank was enough to make John take the pledge.
4. tv. & in. to lose a game deliberately. The manager got wind of a plan to tank Friday’s game.
5. in. for something to fail. The entire stock market tanked on Friday.
n. a place where great minds are assembled to try to think up solutions to problems or to envision the future. She spent a few months in a California think-tank, then came back to teach.
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.
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