drunk tank

noun Informal.
a large jail cell where persons arrested for drunkenness are kept, usually overnight.

Origin:
1940–45

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drunk tank
 
n
informal a large police cell used for detaining drunks overnight

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drunk tank definition


  1. 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.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Besides the regular cell blocks, there is also a padded cell and a drunk tank.
The police put him in the drunk tank to sober up before talking to him.
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