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tackle

See also: tacklé

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

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NounEdit

tackle (countable and uncountable, plural tackles)

  1. (nautical) A system of ropes and blocks used to increase the force applied to the free end of the rope.
  2. (fishing, uncountable) Equipment (rod, reel, line, lure, etc.) used when angling.
  3. (uncountable, informal) By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.
    • 2004 June 24–30, "Jeff Gordon Never Gets Tired Of Seeing Face On Cheap Plastic Crap", The Onion, available in Embedded in America, ISBN 1400054567, page 193,
      ... an illuminated license-plate frame bearing his likeness, signature, and yellow number 24. "That there's a real nice piece of tackle. ..."
  4. (sports, countable) A play where a player attempts to take control over the ball from an opponent, as in rugby or football.
  5. (American football, countable) A play where a defender brings the ball carrier to the ground.
  6. (countable) Any instance in which one person forces another to the ground.
  7. (American football, uncountable) The offensive positions between each guard and end, offensive tackle.
  8. (American football, countable) A person playing that position.
  9. (American football, uncountable) The defensive positions between two ends, defensive tackle.
  10. (American football, countable) A person playing that position.
  11. (slang) A man's genitalia.

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VerbEdit

tackle (third-person singular simple present tackles, present participle tackling, simple past and past participle tackled)

  1. to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down
    The government's measures to tackle crime were insufficient.
  2. (sports) to attempt to take away a ball
  3. (American football) to bring a ball carrier to the ground

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tackle

  1. first-person singular present indicative of tackler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of tackler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of tackler
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of tackler
  5. second-person singular imperative of tackler