Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from Middle Low German takel 'ship's equipment', from taken 'to seize'


2 noun
1 [countable]
a) DF an attempt to take the ball from an opponent in a game such as football
b) DS an attempt to stop an opponent by forcing them to the ground, especially in American football or rugby
2 [countable]DSA a player in American football who stops other players by tackling them or preventing them from moving forward
3 [uncountable]DS the equipment used in some sports and activities, especially fishing
4 [uncountable and countable]TTT ropes and pulleys (=wheels) used for lifting heavy things
5 [uncountable] British English informal a man's sexual organs

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