drunk tank

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drunk tank (plural drunk tanks)

  1. a cell where people who have been arrested for public drunkenness are detained until they are sober.
    1987, The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
    It was Christmas Eve babe, in the drunk tank, an old man said to me, won't see another one, and then he sang a song, The Rare Old Mountain Dew, I turned my face away, and dreamed about you