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.

Definitions of tackle
  1. verb
    seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
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    type of:
    aggress, attack
    take the initiative and go on the offensive
  2. verb
    accept as a challenge
    “I'll tackle this difficult task”
    synonyms: take on, undertake
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    types:
    rise
    exert oneself to meet a challenge
    type of:
    confront, face, face up
    deal with (something unpleasant) head on
  3. noun
    (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground
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    type of:
    football play
    (American football) a play by the offensive team
  4. noun
    (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage
    “it takes a big man to play tackle
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    lineman
    (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
  5. noun
    the person who plays that position on a football team
    “the right tackle is a straight A student”
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    type of:
    lineman
    one of the players on the line of scrimmage
  6. noun
    gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails
    synonyms: rigging
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    type of:
    appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
  7. noun
    gear used in fishing
    synonyms: fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, rig
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    type of:
    appurtenance, gear, paraphernalia
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.
  8. verb
    put a harness
    synonyms: harness
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    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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