drunk tank

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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.
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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.
The drunk-tank tent is designed for use during an emergency chemical incident and allows ambulance staff to undergo decontamination.