Definition of rugby tackle in English:

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rugby tackle


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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  • Sometimes they were having their shorts pulled off by a freakishly well-timed rugby tackle.
  • He said he had been so shaken by his first rugby tackle that he could not face any more.
  • A classic rugby tackle involves grabbing your opponent around the thighs and bringing him crashing earthwards.
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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  • One was felled by a rugby tackle, the other tripped.
  • But apart from that - and the rugby tackle in the marathon - they held a grand tournament.
  • Australian fast bowler Terry Alderman reacted to this unwelcome intervention by bringing the man down with a crunching rugby tackle, only to dislocate his shoulder in the process.


(rugby-tackle) [with object]
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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  • Rosy-cheeked and with huge grins on their faces they seem the picture of innocence until they rugby tackle their teacher to the ground.
  • And, in contrast with the usual pattern, they tried to rugby tackle the security men.
  • They saw her head hit the car a number of times and Neilson rugby tackle her to the ground, and they heard her screaming.
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