Definition of tank man in English:

tank man

noun

Australian, NZ
informal
  • A person who is skilled at breaking into safes.

    ‘it was outlandish clobber for a tank man, a caper that relied on keeping a low profile’
    • ‘The tank men and the gunnies ruled the roost. But those professions required a man to possess a streak of violence.’
    • ‘The district crime manager can remember when there was once such a trade as a tank man.’
    • ‘There was allegedly a corresponding traffic in criminals, particularly "tank-men".’
    • ‘He was known as a tank man. He told me he'd made a huge can-opener that could cut open the rear of certain types of safe.’
    • ‘'Don't you know I'm Rusty Steele, the tank man?'’