tanked up

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) defensive

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b) drunk

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Tanked up’ is a slang term to mean ‘pretty drunk’.

Do you remember last night at all ? You were really tanked up on whiskey by the time I got there !

French translation

Être chargé, explosé, bourré

How NOT to translate : *Être tanké haut
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Examples in the press

‘The booze in blue : Free State cops arrested for drinking on duty

While most employers take a dim view on drinking on the job, being drunk on duty is especially damning when you’re donning a police badge. Under normal circumstances, it’s bad enough that six police officers in Phuthaditjhaba were caught red-handed at a local tavern while still on the clock ; during a time of lockdown, however, with the sale of alcohol strictly forbidden, these tanked-up cops face fierce criminal charges.’

The South African, 20 April 2020

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Everyday usage

Did you see Duffy last night at the party, man he was tanked up.

It wasn’t too smart to get tanked up the night before your exam, now was it ?

c) confined

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