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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TACKLING

He was tackling a delicate job—like juggling a car-load of dynamite.

Somehow it struck him that the law was hardly equal to tackling "that kind."

There was no difficulty at all in coming to the subject at once, and tackling it.

If Marvin isn't satisfied with your tackling, it's because you don't do it right.

And he rags me every day about my tackling and—and I don't think it's fair!

Then I wish you'd stay out a few minutes and let me try to show you about tackling.

To this day I wonder what kept me from tackling my father on the state of his soul.

Here we are coolly wasting our time and not tackling the real matter in hand.

Why, they'd as soon think of tackling the late Mr. Peter Jackson.

An old statute term for the tackling or furniture of a ship.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "entangle, involve," from tackle (n.). Sense of "to furnish (a ship) with tackles" is from c.1400; meaning "to harness a horse" is recorded from 1714. The meaning "lay hold of, come to grips with, attack" is attested from 1828, described by Webster that year as "a common popular use of the word in New England, though not elegant;" figurative sense of "try to deal with" (a task or problem) is from 1840. The verb in the sporting sense first recorded 1867. Related: Tackled; tackling.

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