Can anyone tell me what "tanking" means in the following excerpt?

June 21, 2005-With the Downing Street Minutes that unmask his lies, with his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq lost, with his poll numbers tumbling, with Republicans jumping ship, with the economy tanking and with parents shielding their children from his military recruiters, why is George W. Bush still smiling, swaggering and acting like the dictator he hopes to become?

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Can anyone tell me what "tanking" means in the following excerpt?(snip excerpt)

It means going *** up.
Will.
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Can anyone tell me what "tanking" means in the following excerpt? June 21, 2005-With the Downing Street Minutes that unmask ... his military recruiters, why is George W. Bush still smiling, swaggering and acting like the dictator he hopes to become?

In this context, "tanking" means "collapsing", "worsening significantly", just basically "going to ***".

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Can anyone tell me what "tanking" means in the following ... swaggering and acting like the dictator he hopes to become?

In this context, "tanking" means "collapsing", "worsening significantly", just basically "going to ***". From "go into the tank", what John ... doing so deliberately. The author is probably not suggesting a conspiracy to ruin the U.S. economy. Don't get me started.

The noun "tank" here meant "swimming pool" and otherwise survives only in "tank top" (the kind of shirt you can wear swimming) and "tanker", a competitive swimmer, which survived in student newspapers twenty years ago, anyway. However, it gives me Stuck Poetry Syndrome.

Saint, forsooth! While brown Dolores
Squats outside the Convent bank
With Sanchicha, telling stories,
Steeping tresses in the tank,
Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horsehairs,
- Can't I see his dead eye glow,
Bright as 'twere a Barbary corsair's?
(That is, if he'd let it show!)
Robert Browning, "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloisters", thanks to

Liston dives in the tank,
Lord, in Lewiston, Maine,
And Ernie Doty's drunk
In Hell again.
James Wright, "Speak"
Despite the appearance of the second extract, "Speak" is one of my favorite poems of all time.

Jerry Friedman
Can anyone tell me what "tanking" means in the following excerpt?

(snip excerpt) It means going *** up.

Supine, then?

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
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exuberant synonym for "dive" or "take a dive", in turn an exuberant synonym for "take a fall", to lose a ... "tanker", a competitive swimmer, which survived in student newspapers twenty years ago, anyway. However, it gives me Stuck Poetry Syndrome.

Interesting, because I have hitherto associated "tank top" with tracked military vehicles steered by their tracks, and thought it was called that because it was worn by the crews of such vehicles because it was do hot inside.
And for me the verb "to tank" suggested filling one's car with petrol, from seeing German advertisements to that effect, though the idiom did not seem to have passed into English. If someone said "the economy is tanking" I would have assumed that it mean something like "peaking" or "hitting its stride", but the context of the extract I posted suggested otherwise, which is why I asked.
How common is it as an idiom?

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And for me the verb "to tank" suggested filling one's car with petrol, from seeing German advertisements to that effect, ... context of the extract I posted suggested otherwise, which is why I asked. How common is it as an idiom?

A synapse has closed. WIWAL, BrE had the expression "to tank about", implying, as I remember it, slightly indiscriminate or happy-go-lucky automobilism. E.g., "He tanks about in a smooth Alvis." I even have a faint sense that it may have been possible to tank about on foot or on a bike, but I could be wrong. It must, I suppose, come from military tanks squealing about the place with the usual cavalry or cavalier attitude.

Mike.
And for me the verb "to tank" suggested filling one's ... why I asked. How common is it as an idiom?

A synapse has closed. WIWAL, BrE had the expression "to tank about", implying, as I remember it, slightly indiscriminate or ... wrong. It must, I suppose, come from military tanks squealing about the place with the usual cavalry or cavalier attitude.

And, of course, "tanking down the M1" indicates great speed.
Ray
A synapse has closed. WIWAL, BrE had the expression ... about the place with the usual cavalry or cavalier attitude.

And, of course, "tanking down the M1" indicates great speed..using the pillion seat and rear footrests, chin on the filler cap and hands on the dropped bars.

Paul
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