- 1The equipment required for a task or sport: fishing tackleMore example sentences
- A reasonable head of smaller fish, including Roach and Rudd offers the chance of good sport on light tackle.
- Over the winter I have equipped myself with tackle suitable for catching large pike.
- They are a beautifully marked silver and gold and make for great sport on light fly tackle.
- 2A mechanism consisting of ropes, pulley blocks, hooks, or other things for lifting heavy objects.More example sentences
- They pumped out water and used ropes and tackle to lift and pull pieces of the aircraft apart to conduct a search for hazardous components.
- Lifting tackle can take up scenery and properties weighing a ton through a trap door in the roof to the second floor, 25 feet above.
- Above this pit at the Water Works was mounted a steel beam carrying two block and tackles so as to be able to lift the motors in flood time or for servicing.
- 2.1The running rigging and gear used to work a boat’s sails.More example sentences
- If you are planning - or forced - to ride out a storm at anchor, you must deploy your tackle so you are riding on at least two huge or three really big anchors at all times.
- Few lobstermen fish in midwinter, when lines, decks, and tackles get coated with ice.
- Turning, he could see the mast of the schooner held by the tackle.
- 3 Football & Rugby An act of seizing and stopping a player in possession of the ball by knocking them to the ground.More example sentences
block, interception, challenge, attack
- He does not break as many tackles as one might expect from a player of his dimensions.
- Can a player breaking tackles on the fringes of the college football universe win the game's ultimate prize?
- Everybody is athletic enough to make that last-ditch tackle or cover that gap when someone is a bit tired.
- 3.1(In soccer and other games) an act of taking the ball, or attempting to take the ball, from an opponent.More example sentences
- He puts a stop to the Swede's gallop with a fine tackle.
- He is much better when he can read the play, flow to the ball and make the tackle.
- He took his line ball when needed, he made some big tackles and was effective with ball in hand.
- 4 Football A player who lines up inside the end along the line of scrimmage.More example sentences
- The team is serious about drafting a right offensive tackle in the early rounds.
- Without a legitimate starting defensive tackle on their roster, the Eagles must get one.
- The team's focus now is finding a starting left tackle in the draft.
verb[with object] Back to top
- 1Make determined efforts to deal with (a problem or difficult task): police have launched an initiative to tackle rising crimeMore example sentences
- Regardless of the magnitude of the task, tackle it with all of your heart, soul and mind.
- Firefighters successfully tackled the blaze before being called back when it became apparent the roof was going to collapse.
- And that's where the new academy leadership is tackling this problem head-on.
- 1.1 Football & Rugby Stop the forward progress of (the ball carrier) by seizing them and knocking them to the ground.More example sentences
- As of 1956, grabbing was legal exclusively for tackling the ball-carrier.
- When the Sooners ran directly at him, which was not that often, most of the time he shed his blocker and tackled the ballcarrier for a short gain.
- Then imagine moving in to tackle an oncoming ballcarrier who is bigger.
- 1.2chiefly Soccer Try to take the ball from (an opponent) by intercepting them.More example sentences
- Today, contemporary hockey has few who can hold a candle to Tirkey when it comes to tackling, intercepting and despatching the ball to safety zones.
- He is a very good at tackling and winning the ball back if it is lost.
- The Armagh team were tackling very hard, making the Limerick men fight for every ball.
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- The second row left the defence for dead with a 30-metre gallop, brushing off at least three would-be tacklers in the process.
- The scoring began again soon after the restart as Rowe pushed off three tacklers for his second try and Broadhurst also forced his way over.
- Shrugging off three tacklers, he raced for the line only to be held a metre short but from the ruck the ball was recycled for the waiting Ashman to score.
Middle English (denoting equipment for a specific task): probably from Middle Low German takel, from taken 'lay hold of'. Early senses of the verb (late Middle English) described the provision and handling of a ship's equipment.