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tackle  /tkl/  n. 1 [U] equipment used in a sport: We take fishing tackle on camping trips. 2 [C] (in US football) the act of knocking a player carrying the ball to the ground
v. -led, -ling, -les 1 [I;T] (in US football) to knock a ball carrier down: A guard tackled the ball carrier. 2 fig. [T] to begin a job with a lot of energy: I tackled the problem of lowering the company's costs.