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tackle

1 verb
     
tack‧le1 S3 W3
1 [transitive] to try to deal with a difficult problem:
There is more than one way to tackle the problem.
It took twelve fire engines to tackle the blaze.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
a) DS to try to take the ball away from an opponent in a game such as football or hockey
b) DS to force someone to the ground so that they stop running, in a game such as American football or rugby
3 [transitive] British English to talk to someone in order to deal with a difficult problem
tackle somebody about something
When I tackled Susan about it, she admitted she'd made a mistake.
4 [transitive] to start fighting someone, especially a criminal:
I certainly couldn't tackle both of them on my own.
tackler noun [countable]
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