- equipment; tackle.
Origin of tackling
- 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.
Origin of tackle
Examples from the Web for tackling
It is an episode that is so on-the-nose in its tackling of pro-choice debates that you can practically see the freckles.Science-Fiction TV Finds a New Muse: Feminism
November 29, 2014
In tackling this issue, Watson is, whether she knows it or not, also implicitly taking on a broader issue.The Gender-Pay Gap: It’s Real, and Yes, It’s Sexism
September 27, 2014
It was easy for the media to pounce when he admitted to lacking a comprehensive strategy for tackling ISIS.The Rhinohawks Come Roaring Back
September 7, 2014
He seems undaunted at tackling a number previously vocalized by the likes of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, and Sammy Davis Jr.Is Nick Ziobro the Next Frank Sinatra?
July 19, 2014
Bob became increasingly hard to work with, so Terry split from the partnership mid-assignment for Vibe, tackling it solo.Speed Read: Terry Richardson on Sex, Lies, and Lindsay Lohan
June 16, 2014
He was tackling a delicate job—like juggling a car-load of dynamite.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Somehow it struck him that the law was hardly equal to tackling "that kind."Peak and Prairie
There was no difficulty at all in coming to the subject at once, and tackling it.Letters of Edward FitzGerald
And he rags me every day about my tackling and—and I don't think it's fair!
If Marvin isn't satisfied with your tackling, it's because you don't do it right.
- 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, etcfishing 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
Word Origin and History for tackling
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.
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.