One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A container holding the fuel supply in a motor vehicle or aircraft.‘a family car with a 70-litre petrol tank’
- ‘The engine is still warm, and the petrol tank totally empty.’
- ‘This petrol pump was used to fill petrol tanks of lorries in the street without having to drive them into the forecourt.’
- ‘The petrol tank lies under the bonnet, along with the spare tyre and a sizable luggage space.’
- ‘One aircraft hit us midships on the flight deck, it carried a bomb and two petrol tanks under the wings.’
- ‘The V6 also has the expected extreme thirst which, when coupled with the smallish petrol tank, limits the range between fuel stops.’
- ‘Exposed petrol tanks in the wings made them even more vulnerable if a plane caught fire.’
- ‘Twice they stopped, once to buy food and Pepsi and once to fill up the petrol tank from cans in the back of the truck.’
- ‘It can take weeks or months for oil to get from the fields beneath the Gulf of Mexico into an SUV's petrol tank.’
- ‘Gas mains were ruptured and car petrol tanks exploded, adding more fuel to the flames.’
- ‘His road tax is paid up and the petrol tank full of lead free.’
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