gank

[ gangk ]
/ gæŋk /

verb (used with object) Slang.

to rob or mug (a person).
to steal or seize (something of value).
(in a video game) to kill (a character), especially an outnumbered, weaker, or lower level player character: I got ganked in the jungle—never saw it coming.

noun Slang.

(in a video game) the killing of one character by another, especially when the killer character has a powerful or unfair advantage over the victim: Early ganks aren’t very effective, so you should save those attacks for later.

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Origin of gank

First recorded in 1985–90; in 2000–05 for defs. 3, 4; from African American Vernacular English; further origin uncertain
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