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The word tanking, in terms of sport, would be used to describe a bad performance

Tanking is the act of giving up a match or "throwing it away", losing intentionally or not competing.
I tanked my match so bad!

She was tanking her match.

He tanked the match after losing the first set.

They tanked their match because they got angry with the referee/umpire.
by Morrha January 22, 2008
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A celebrity free pass is an agreement between you and your significant other that if you meet said celebrity and there is an opportunity to sleep with them, your partner cannot get mad at you for doing so because you had agreed before hand that this person was your celebrity free pass. It is ideal if both of you in the relationship choose a celebrity free pass so that the playing field is even.
Julia met Drake at a bar, and hooked up with him, knowing that her significant other could not be mad at her, because Drake was her celebrity free pass.
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comes from mmorpgs, where you would have a healer in your party and a person with high defense. (i.e. meat sack-o-shield warriors). the warrior rush an opponent and the monk would do their best to keep the warrior alive with healing and stat bonuses. then, the other members could
a)fight and hit hard
b)run away like scared little girls

so, in essence, it is a big distraction to open opportunites for attack or to run away, like a sacrifice but to keepp it alive.
Chaos Deity had the best plan to win by tanking the enemy patrol and having his team run away.
by Chaos Deity October 06, 2005
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In reference to Magic: The Gathering gameplay. tanking is the act of "going into the tank" coming from 'think tank'. a player "in the tank" is considering their next line of play.
My magic online opponent has been tanking for several minutes now. I'm not sure what he could come out with to save him.
by cheezburgler October 24, 2010
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In dotA, using your hero to absorb enemy damage.

Effective when pushing, a tanker can absorb large amounts of damage while the rest of the team can focus on killing the enemy heroes.
Pudge: Look at the lvl 1 fv tanking those creeps. What a nub.
Faceless Void: stfu fattie, b0w dwn! 11! one!

later...

Faceless Void: 1 HoT and 2 Butterflies. I'm a tank.
Pudge: I'm so damn fat.
by jschmidty89 January 20, 2008
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Something robust that is travelling very fast and carrying a lot of momentum, rendering it largely unstoppable and on the edge of potential catastrophe.

Something that you wouldn't want to stand in the way of.
β€’ The bus was tanking down the hill, had to jump out the way!
β€’ He was absolutely tanking it (with disregard to others).
by ChΒͺrly March 29, 2012
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Used to describe someone who gets at fat girls.
Is Reese tanking that tank?
by Le Boots February 24, 2008
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