tackle

To tackle a challenge means taking it on, so if you set out to tackle the classics of English literature, you should be prepared spend a lot of time in the library.

The word tackle can be a verb or a noun, depending on its use. Today, the noun usually means fishing gear, but when it came into the English language it meant the ropes on a ship. If a ship was lurching about on the high seas, you dealt with that challenge by grabbing the tackle and wrestling it under control. Nowadays, people tend to think of tackling running backs and financial fraud, rather than ropes.

Primary Meanings of tackle

1.
vn
seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
(American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground
2.
n
gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
3.
v
put a harness
Full Definitions of tackle
1

v seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball

Type of:
aggress, attack
take the initiative and go on the offensive

v accept as a challenge

“I'll tackle this difficult task”
Synonyms:
take on, undertake
Types:
rise
exert oneself to meet a challenge
Type of:
confront, face, face up
deal with (something unpleasant) head on

n (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground

Type of:
football play
(American football) a play by the offensive team

n (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage

“it takes a big man to play tackle
Type of:
lineman
(American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage

n the person who plays that position on a football team

“the right tackle is a straight A student”
Type of:
lineman
one of the players on the line of scrimmage
2

n gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails

Synonyms:
rigging
Type of:
appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

n gear used in fishing

Synonyms:
fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, rig
Type of:
appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
3

v put a harness

Synonyms:
harness
Antonyms:
unharness
remove the harness from
Types:
inspan
attach a yoke or harness to
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

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