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  • v. Present participle of tank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of hauling water in a tank to ice a logging-road.
  • n. The operation or method of treating in tanks, as fish for the extraction of oil, by boiling, settling, etc.


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  • Yeah but it's subtle. I've heard it a lot in the sense of simply "running out of gas", but the deliberately playing badly angle is new to me.

    July 25, 2009

  • This is general sports jargon. I've heard it used with regards to several sports.

    July 25, 2009

  • In the jargon, tanking in Australian Rules football has come to mean the practice of a team deliberately playing badly toward the end of a season. The lower a team finishes, the higher pick they get in the next player draft. Once it is mathematically impossible for a team to make the finals there is little to play for, hence the inclination to tank. It is of course quite verboten.

    "The Tigers will be under the microscope by everyone now after ex-coach Terry Wallace's ambivalent comments recently which have been interpreted as an admission of tanking in 2007."

    - Essendon v Richmond,, 24 July 2009.

    July 24, 2009