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  1. tack·le
    IPA[ˈtak(ə)l]
  2. noun

    • 1. the equipment required for a task or sport:

      fishing tackle
      Synonym : gear, equipment, apparatus, outfit, kit, rig, hardware, tools, implements, instruments, accoutrements, paraphernalia, trappings, contrivances, appurtenances, utensils, things, stuff, clobber, bits and pieces, equipage
    • 2. a mechanism consisting of ropes, pulley blocks, hooks, or other things for lifting heavy objects.

      Synonym : system of pulleys, hoisting gear, pulley, hoist, block and tackle, crane, winch, davit, windlass, sheave
    • 3. the running rigging and gear used to work a boat's sails.

    • 4. (in soccer and other games) an act of taking the ball, or attempting to take the ball, from an opponent:

      he was only prevented from scoring by a fine tackle
    • 5. an act of seizing and stopping a player in possession of the ball by knocking them to the ground.

    • 6. a player who lines up inside the end along the line of scrimmage.

    verb

    • 1. make determined efforts to deal with (a problem or difficult task):

      police have launched an initiative to tackle rising crime
      Synonym : get to grips with, apply oneself to, address oneself to, address, set about, go about, get to work at, take forward, busy oneself with, set one's hand to, grapple with, approach, take on, attend to, see to, throw oneself into, try to solve, try to deal with, try to cope with, try to sort out, deal with, take measures about, take care of, pursue, handle, manage, start on, embark on, get stuck into, have a crack at, have a go at, have a shot at
    • 2. stop the forward progress of (the ball carrier) by seizing them and knocking them to the ground.

    • 3. try to take the ball from (an opponent) by intercepting them.

      Synonym : intercept, rugby-tackle, challenge, block, stop, attack
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: tackle, plural noun: tackles

    • noun

      the equipment required for a task or sport:

      a man's genitals.

    • verb

      make determined efforts to deal with (a problem or difficult task):

      initiate discussion with (someone) about a disputed or sensitive issue:

    • noun

      a player positioned at or near the center of the defensive line:
    • noun

      the equipment used to anchor or moor a boat or ship.
    • noun

      a defensive lineman positioned opposite the center.
    • noun

      a pulley over which a rope runs.
    • noun

      a player positioned toward the outside of the offensive line:
    • noun

      a rope for applying force to the blocks of a tackle.
    • noun

      (in rugby) an act of seizing and attempting to stop an opposing player in possession of the ball by bringing them to the ground:

      (in general use) an act of seizing a person, typically by the legs or lower body, and bringing them to the ground:

    • verb

      perform a rugby tackle on:
    • noun

      equipment required for the sport of catching fish, typically including a rod and line:
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