n. A tank top combined with a bikini bottom.
The truth is, for years Go! desperately wanted to be a guitarist. And singer. It was a goal akin to, say, trying to scale Everest in flip-flops and a tankini, by which we mean utterly hopeless, given Go!'s minimal vocal range and inability to make the simplest bar chord without triple-checking the fret board.
—Hayley Kaufmann, “Go! Monday,” The Boston Globe, December 27, 1999
1985 (earliest)
While the rest of the country snuggles into a down-filled winter, Southern Californians already are baring down on next summer's swim scene. Making the biggest splash is Anne Cole's new "tankini" — a combination tank top and bikini.
—“Two easy pieces,” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1985
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