block and tackle


Definition of block and tackle 

: pulley blocks with associated rope or cable for hoisting or hauling

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Magee said coaches often stress the basic fundamentals of playing a sport, such as blocking and tackling in football, as key components of succeeding on the field. David Anderson, The Aegis, "C. Milton Wright's Sean Fleming, Moriah Snyder win $5,000 Cesky scholarships," 17 May 2018 For instance, offensive and defensive linemen, linebackers, and tight ends leverage their larger size (height and weight), strength, and speed during blocking and tackling - delivering powerful blows to their opponent., "Optimum Performance: A high body mass index poses health risks to NFL retirees," 27 Apr. 2018 How Emanuel will try to prevent Vallas from getting that far — and which of the other candidates block and tackle for Rahm — will be the story of this campaign. John Kass,, "The one thing Rahm Emanuel doesn't want: Paul Vallas in a runoff," 27 Apr. 2018 His best friends are from football, principally kids who are fluent in blocking and tackling but not French. Loran Smith, ajc, "Like father, like son in every aspect," 22 Nov. 2017 Although the modern player is bigger, faster and stronger, the rudiments of the game – blocking and tackling – have not changed and most likely never will. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Another Star Falls as Aaron Rodgers Joins the N.F.L.’s Infirmary," 16 Oct. 2017

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1717, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of block and tackle was in 1717

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English Language Learners Definition of block and tackle

: a simple device that is used to help lift heavy objects and that consists of rope and boxes containing pulleys

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Kids Definition of block and tackle

: an arrangement of pulleys in blocks with rope or cable for lifting or hauling

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