- In reserve:
a runner who didn't have enough in the tank to hold the lead.
- In a state of decline or failure:
Stocks have been in the tank for months.
- to lose or fail badly or on purpose
- to supply with or get a full tank of fuel
- to drink much liquor
Other Word Forms of Tank
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Tank
- in the tank
- go in the tank
- tank up
Origin of Tank
Partly from Gujarati tānkh cistern (from Sanskrit taḍāgaḥ pond) (perhaps of Dravidian origin) and partly from Portuguese tanque reservoir (variant of estanque) (from estancar to dam up) (from Vulgar Latin stanticāre stanch1)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Portuguese tanque (“tank, liquid container"), originally from Indian vernacular for a large artificial water reservoir, cistern, pool, etc., for example, Gujarati ટાંકી (ṭāṅkÄ«), or Marathi [Devanagari?] [script?] (take). Compare the Arabic verb استنقع (istanqáʕa, “to become stagnant, to stagnate").
In the sense of armoured vehicle, to disguise their nature, prototypes were described as tanks for carrying water (1915).
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