Posted by ESC on July 16, 2004
In Reply to: Re: In the tank to posted by dhm on July 15, 2004
: : "The mainstream press was in the tank to Starr until the Starr report came out...."( TIME mag)
: : Bill Clinton said it; Joe Klein wrote it
: : Would some politically hip correspondent please explain
: : Incidentally, the expression also goes, "in the tank for..."
: : ----Thanks guys
: I think it's originally a boxing expression. To "go in the tank" is to take a dive or throw a fight. To be "in the tank to Starr" would mean that the press had not stood up to the special prosecutor as it should have.
"to go in the tank" -- to go through the motions of a fight but lose by prearrangement, usually because of heavy wagers. Shorten to "to tank." From "Southpaws & Sunday Punches and other Sporting Expressions" by Christine Ammer (Penguin Books, New York, 1993).