- either of the linemen stationed between a guard and an end.
- the position played by this lineman.
verb (used with object), tack·led, tack·ling.
verb (used without object), tack·led, tack·ling.
Origin of tackle
Examples from the Web for tackle
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Directed by Michael Dowse, What If, in select theaters Aug. 8, sees Radcliffe tackle his most “adult” role to date: romcom lead.Daniel Radcliffe on Sex, ‘Harry Potter,’ and Complicated Relationships|Marlow Stern|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is an ill look-out for the cycle mechanic who is not prepared to tackle the new problems that will arise.Anticipations|Herbert George Wells
They're all-fired fast, but it's funny how they stop when you tackle them.Football Days|William H. Edwards
A quartermaster, summoned from the forecastle, hoisted a block and tackle to a derrick.His Unknown Wife|Louis Tracy
Society, official and unofficial, kept rather strictly to their tackle; their mode of movement not that of loose oxen at all!History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
Looking back, I saw Piragoff slowly rise to the pull of the tackle until he was upright with his feet just touching the floor.The Uttermost Farthing|R. Austin Freeman
Word Origin for tackle
mid-13c., "apparatus, gear," from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German takel "the rigging of a ship," perhaps related to Middle Dutch taken "grasp, seize" (see take (v.)), or perhaps from root of tack (n.1). Meaning "apparatus for fishing" is recorded from late 14c. The noun meaning "act of tackling" in the sporting sense is recorded from 1876 (see tackle (v.)); as the name of a position in North American football, it is recorded from 1884.
mid-14c., "entangle, involve," from tackle (n.). Sense of "to furnish (a ship) with tackles" is from c.1400; meaning "to harness a horse" is recorded from 1714. The meaning "lay hold of, come to grips with, attack" is attested from 1828, described by Webster that year as "a common popular use of the word in New England, though not elegant;" figurative sense of "try to deal with" (a task or problem) is from 1840. The verb in the sporting sense first recorded 1867. Related: Tackled; tackling.