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rugby tackle Line breaks: rugby tackle

Definition of rugby tackle in English:


1(In rugby) an act of seizing and attempting to stop an opposing player in possession of the ball by bringing them to the ground: he performed a textbook rugby tackle during the match
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  • His spinal cord was damaged in a rugby tackle when he was 16 and he is now paralysed from the chest down.
  • A classic rugby tackle involves grabbing your opponent around the thighs and bringing him crashing earthwards.
  • Archers can only cope with a small amount or their aim will wobble, while the huge physical effort of making a rugby tackle or throwing a jab in the ring needs tons of the stuff.
1.1(In general use) an act of seizing a person, typically by the legs or lower body, and bringing them to the ground: I fall heavily, poleaxed, slam-dunked on to the turf by a hefty copper’s high-velocity rugby tackle
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  • If burglars steal property, householders could still use force to recover it, says the leaflet, adding: "A rugby tackle or a single blow would probably be reasonable."
  • I was standing on the two seats, back against the window, when Brian decided to practice his best rugby tackle.
  • It does seem almost like a rugby tackle getting out of the tube in the rush hour and you feel as though you've left something of yourself behind dragging yourself out.


(rugby-tackle) [with object] Back to top  
Perform a rugby tackle on: PC Jones chased the suspect across the car park and rugby-tackled him to the ground
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  • A controversial poet has hired a personal minder after being rugby tackled by a drinker while reciting verse in a pub.
  • Everyone realized how drunk I was when I rugby tackled the girl who caught the bouquet.
  • The look on a man's face as he is being rugby tackled or when putting 100 per cent effort into hitting or kicking something are quite beyond belief.

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