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Definition of tackle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the equipment used to do a particular sport or activity, especially fishing see also block and tackle
  2. 2[countable] an act of knocking an opponent to the ground in football; an act of trying to take the ball from an opponent in soccer or hockey He was booked for a late tackle on Torres. He brought the burglar down with a flying tackle.
  3. 3[countable] (in football) a player whose job is to stop opponents by knocking them to the ground
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