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drunk tank

slang A jail cell where people are detained after having been arrested for public drunkenness or a similar offense. My son's in the drunk tank, so I have to go down to the police station and pick him up.
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drunk tank

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.
See also: drunk, tank
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Perhaps we should have drunk tanks for the weekend in every town and city, make those deposited in them pay for the privilege, and have them manned by regiments of Rosa Klebbs as an added incentive to be socially responsible in future.
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