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Facetank

verb; compounding
To take damage without doing anything to stop it and survive (ie. Survive purely on defense and armor).
 
The word is used mainly when talking about video game characters, especially characters that are able to take a lot of damage without dying. The word is a compound of the words “face” and “tank.” The “face” part of the compound uses synecdoche to refer to the character or person that is defending and the “tank” part of the compound compares the defender’s survivability to a tank’s survivability through metaphor.
Etymology : Face plus tank.
Source : “Crooked Sam just has more DPS than Tychus, so he can just kinda stand there, facetank, and just burn everything down.” (YouTube video: The Endless Legion (Direct Strike Brawl 37) - Starcraft 2[64] - 9/11/2019)
Last modified: 13 December 2019


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