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verb tackle pronunciation in British English /ˈtæk(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytackle
he/she/ittackles
present participletackling
past tensetackled
past participletackled
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  1. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to take the ball from an opponent in a game such as football
  2. 3
    [transitive] to take hold of someone and push them to the ground
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to take hold of an opponent in a game such as rugby or American football and stop them from moving forwards, usually by forcing them to the ground
  3. 4
    [transitive] to ask someone questions in a very direct way, because you disagree with them and you want them to explain their opinions or behaviour
    tackle someone about something:

    The interviewer tackled him about his failed economic policies.

    1. a.
      to oppose a person or organization

      They’re too powerful for you to tackle on your own.

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