equipment, apparatus, or gear, especially for fishing: fishing tackle.
a mechanism or apparatus, as a rope and block or a combination of ropes and blocks, for hoisting, lowering, and shifting objects or materials; purchase.
any system of leverage using several pulleys.
Nautical. the gear and running rigging for handling a ship or performing some task on a ship.
an act of tackling, as in football; a seizing, grasping, or bringing down.
either of the linemen stationed between a guard and an end.
the position played by this lineman.
(formerly) tack1 (def. 8).
to undertake to handle, master, solve, etc.: to tackle a difficult problem.
to deal with (a person) on some problem, issue, etc.
to harness (a horse).
Football. to seize, stop, or throw down (a ball-carrier).
Soccer, Field Hockey. to block or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent having the ball) with the result of depriving the opponent of the ball.
to seize suddenly, especially in order to stop.
Football. to tackle an opponent having the ball.
- tackler, noun
- re·tack·le, verb (used with object), re·tack·led, re·tack·ling.
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How to use tackle in a sentence
Huffing and puffing and running your bodies into each other on the football field is not a that big of a problem, because they’re usually playing outdoors, and the close contact of a tackle is relatively quick.Of Course Eating Together, Not Tackling, Spread COVID-19 Among NFL Players | Jaya Saxena | October 22, 2020 | Eater
Bait, about the size of small dog biscuits, can be purchased from a coastal feed, hardware, or tackle store.14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean | By Bob McNally/Field & Stream | October 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
So, he lines up across Pittsburgh Steelers, nose tackle, twice a year.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 10, 2020 | Freakonomics
The defense is typically willing to allow an offense to throw to wide-open players short, then rally to make a tackle for a short gain.Our New Metric Shows How Good NFL Receivers Are At Creating Separation | Josh Hermsmeyer | August 10, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Also among top NFL opt-outs were guard Larry Warford, who’s been named to the Pro Bowl three years running, and Nate Solder, one of the best offensive tackles of the past decade.The Best Players Opting Out Of The NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL And MLB In 2020 | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | August 7, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
But there was still a paper to get out in Washington, and I went there late in the afternoon to tackle the dismal job.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire | H.L. Mencken | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A hulking defender breaks into the backfield and takes him down with a vicious clothesline tackle.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel | Steve Almond | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was inspiration enough to help us tackle the usually dreaded summer to fall wardrobe transition.
What were the biggest hurdles for you on The Sopranos as far as storylines to tackle, or storylines to wrap up?David Chase on Tony Soprano’s Fate, the State of TV, and Why He Couldn’t Finish ‘True Detective’ | Marlow Stern | September 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
India has little or nothing to contribute to American efforts to tackle the crises in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq.John Kerry Just Visited. But Should We Just Forget About India? | Tunku Varadarajan | August 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So we held council of war with Piegan, after which we saddled up and made ready to tackle the soaked prairies.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
“I shall tackle that difficulty about this hour to-morrow,” he communed, with a laugh at his own expense.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
If some them men folks tackle them on the road to table, there won't be nothin' left of them but the plate.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Five of the crew manned the winch; the mate and Jerry went to a block-tackle which was also connected with the lifting apparatus.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
The fish are taken by trawling great nets and drawing them aboard with a special tackle.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
British Dictionary definitions for tackle
any mechanical system for lifting or pulling, esp an arrangement of ropes and pulleys designed to lift heavy weights
the equipment required for a particular occupation, etc: fishing tackle
nautical the halyards and other running rigging aboard a vessel
slang a man's genitals
sport a physical challenge to an opponent, as to prevent his progress with the ball
American football a defensive lineman
(tr) to undertake (a task, problem, etc)
(tr) to confront (a person, esp an opponent) with a difficult proposition
sport (esp in football games) to challenge (an opponent) with a tackle
- tackler, noun
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