Tackle definitions

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To tackle is to take something or someone on or to stop someone from moving forward with a ball in a sporting game.

An example of tackle is when you dive headfirst into a problem.

An example of tackle is when you knock-off the quarterback so he can't move the ball forward.

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The equipment used in a particular activity, especially in fishing; gear.
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A system of ropes and blocks for raising and lowering weights of rigging and pulleys for applying tension.
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A rope and its pulley.
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The act of stopping an opposing player carrying the ball, especially by forcing the opponent to the ground, as in football or Rugby.
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The act of obstructing a player in order to cause loss of possession of the ball, as in soccer.
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One of two offensive linemen positioned between the guard and the end on either side of the ball.
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One of two defensive linemen positioned to the inside of either end.
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Tackle football.
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To grab hold of and wrestle with (an opponent).
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To engage or deal with.

Tackle a perplexing problem.

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To harness (a horse).
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To stop (an opponent carrying the ball), especially by forcing the opponent to the ground.
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To obstruct (a player with the ball) in order to cause loss of possession of the ball.
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To tackle an opponent in possession of the ball.
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Apparatus; equipment; gear.

Fishing tackle.

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A rope and pulley block, or a system of ropes and pulleys, used to lower, raise, or move various objects.
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The act or an instance of tackling, as in football.
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An offensive lineman who is primarily a blocker, usually positioned just outside an offensive guard.
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A defensive lineman usually positioned near the offensive center.
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A type of football in which the defensive players tackle the ballcarrier.
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A ship's rigging.
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Later, the running rigging and pulleys to operate the sails.
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To fasten by means of tackle.
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To harness (a horse)
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To take hold of; seize.
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To stop (an opponent carrying the ball), esp. by knocking or throwing him or her to the ground.
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To knock or throw to the ground.

A policeman tackled the fleeing robber.

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To undertake to do or solve (something difficult)

To tackle a job.

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To deal with (a difficult person)
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To stop an opponent who is carrying the ball, esp. by knocking or throwing the opponent to the ground.
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To knock or throw someone to the ground.
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(nautical) A system of ropes and blocks used to increase the force applied to the free end of the rope.
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(fishing, uncountable) Equipment (rod, reel, line, lure, etc.) used when angling.
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(uncountable, informal) By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.
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(sports, countable) A play where a player attempts to take control over the ball from an opponent, as in rugby or football.
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(American football, countable) A play where a defender brings the ball carrier to the ground.
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(countable) Any instance in which one person forces another to the ground.
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(American football, uncountable) The offensive positions between each guard and end, offensive tackle.
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(American football, countable) A person playing that position.
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(American football, uncountable) The defensive positions between two ends, defensive tackle.
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(American football, countable) A person playing that position.
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(slang) Penis.
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To face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down.

The government's measures to tackle crime were insufficient.

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(sports) To attempt to take away a ball.
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(American football) To bring a ball carrier to the ground.
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To tackle is to take something or someone on or to stop someone from moving forward with a ball in a sporting game.

An example of tackle is a collection of fishing hooks.

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Origin of tackle

From Middle English takel (“gear, apparatus"), from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German takel (“ship's rigging"), perhaps related to Middle Dutch taken (“to grasp, seize"). Akin to Danish takkel (“tackle"), Swedish tackel (“tackle"). More at take.