AskDefine | Define tackle

Dictionary Definition



1 the person who plays that position on a football team; "the right tackle is a straight A student"
2 gear consisting of ropes etc. supporting a ship's masts and sails [syn: rigging]
3 gear used in fishing [syn: fishing gear, fishing tackle, fishing rig, rig]
4 a position on the line of scrimmage; "it takes a big man to play tackle"
5 (American football) grasping an opposing player with the intention of stopping by throwing to the ground


1 accept as a challenge; "I'll tackle this difficult task" [syn: undertake, take on]
2 put a harness; "harness the horse" [syn: harness] [ant: unharness]
3 seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. sports countable A play where a player attempts to take control over the ball from an opponent, as in rugby or football.
  2. fb countable A play where a defender brings the ball carrier to the ground.
  3. Any instance in which one person forces another to the ground.
  4. Penis.
  5. In the context of "fishing|uncountable": Equipment (rod, reel, line, lure, etc.) used when angling.
  6. uncountable informal By extension, any piece of equipment, particularly gadgetry.
    • 2004 June 24–30, "Jeff Gordon Never Gets Tired Of Seeing Face On Cheap Plastic Crap", The Onion, available in Embedded in America, ISBN 1400054567, page 193,
      ... an illuminated license-plate frame bearing his likeness, signature, and yellow number 24. "That there's a real nice piece of tackle. ..."
  7. fb uncountable The offensive positions between each guard and end, offensive tackle.
  8. fb countable A person playing that position.
  9. fb uncountable The defensive positions between two ends, defensive tackle.
  10. fb countable A person playing that position.
  11. A system of ropes and blocks used to increase the force applied to the free end of the rope.
  12. In the context of "pokemon": A pokemon attack.


attempt to take control over the ball
bait used to lure fish
system of ropes and blocks


to tackle
  1. to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down
    The government's measures to tackle crime were insufficient.
  2. to attempt to take away a ball
  3. to bring a ball carrier to the ground


to face or deal with attempting to overcome or fight down

Extensive Definition

Tackle may refer to:
tackle in French: Tacle

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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