Drunk-tank - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
drunk tank (redirected from 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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a jail cell where drunks are kept. (see also junk tank
.) They hose down the drunk tank every hour on Friday and Saturday nights.
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References in periodicals archive
The circumstances can range from an overnight stay in a drunk-tank
to prolonged detention without trial.
This practice raises the spectre of whether a new style of drunk-tank is needed within the department - a supervised room where drunks could safely sleep off their excesses.
It is a similar idea to the Welsh Ambulance Service's plan to erect a drunk-tank tent in Cardiff city centre on "Black Friday", Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
tent is designed for use during an emergency chemical incident and allows ambulance staff to undergo decontamination.