Share this entry
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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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] Back to top  
Perform a rugby tackle on: PC Jones chased the suspect across the car park and rugby-tackled him to the ground
More example sentences
  • 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.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources