tank up

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tank up

  1. (US, Canada) To fill up (a tank in a vehicle with gas, petrol etc.).
  2. (transitive) to intoxicate (especially, with alcohol)
    • 1922, A. M. Chisholm, A Thousand a Plate
      "Thanksgiving eve," he repeated. "We was to have a leetle celebration Thanksgiving eve." And he added somewhat anxiously: "You ain't forgot about that, Bill? It's an awful long time since we had a drink."
      "Last time you had too many," Skookum Bill reminded him.
      "What if I had?" Dobbs asked, in injured tones. "I get durn little fun in life, and I'm gettin' old. About the only time I feel good and like I used to is when I'm tanked up. Wait twenty years and you'll know."