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man-tank

noun
a boxy oversized shirt with no sleeves and large arm holes; usually worn by men but can also be worn by women
 
The word combines the word man and the first part of the compound tank top to refer to the sleeveless shirt usually worn by males. The word includes “man” in it because the rectangular, loose-fitting tops are seen as masculine and are popular among men especially during sporting events, though they have grown in popularity among women recently. They are still referred to as man-tanks if a woman is wearing one because the loose fit of the shirt. They differ from the common tank top, which usually has a tighter fit.
Etymology : Compound formed from the word man, and the clipping of the compound tank top. The word “tank top” came into use to describe a sleeveless garment worn in a swimming tank.
Source : A friend was talking about the “man-tanks” on sale before the Hanszen public party (10/3/13)
Last modified: 23 November 2013


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