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In the Tank

Postby Slava » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:57 pm

Honestly, I'd never seen this phrase until I read this column about it. However, in case you are interested:

http://www.slate.com/id/2203028/
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Postby Stargzer » Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:32 pm

Yes, I've heard it before, especially from Bill O'Reilly on FoxNews Channel, who also talks about how the Elite Media are so brazenly in the tank for Obama. I've also heard "tank" used as a verb, as in "The stock market tanked," meaning it lost a great deal, i. e., it hit the bottom of the tank.
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Postby Slava » Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:05 pm

Stargzer wrote:I've also heard "tank" used as a verb, as in "The stock market tanked," meaning it lost a great deal, i. e., it hit the bottom of the tank.


I was going to mention that one, too, but decided to keep it to just one grunch.
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Postby Stargzer » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:37 pm

I think we have some eggplant in the freezer.
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Postby Perry » Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:43 pm

Tanked is well known as a verb. In the tank seems to have taken on a whole different meaning.
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Postby Slava » Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:59 pm

Perry wrote:Tanked is well known as a verb.


As in, "Boy, did I get tanked last night!"
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Postby Perry » Mon Oct 27, 2008 1:03 pm

Or just, "our game just tanked".
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