tack·​ling | \ˈta-kliŋ, naut often ˈtā-\

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Sokratis is a tough tackling defender who has made 198 appearances for Borussia Dortmund following his arrival in 2013. SI.com, "German Report Claims Arsenal Are Close to Completing €20m Deal for Dortmund Defender," 16 May 2018 His tackling ability, coupled with his talent on the ball, gives him plenty of tools in his arsenal, and there will be no shortage of teams who are interested in Zielinski this summer. SI.com, "Report: Arsenal to Beat Liverpool to the Signing of Piotr Zielinski," 11 May 2018 The Texans like Jackson's tackling, blitzing skills and hard-nosed style. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Kareem Jackson on move to safety: 'I like it'," 25 June 2018 One of the keys to Switzerland's success was midfielder Valon Behrami, whose tough tackling and marking of Neymar canceled out the threat of the world's most expensive player for most of the match against Brazil. Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "Serbia want to close in on Round of 16 against Switzerland," 21 June 2018 The Hungarian defence had subjected John Charles to some merciless tackling in their first of their two contests, but their treatment of him in the play off game was simply appalling. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 2 Days to Go - What if the John Charles Was Fully Fit for the 1958 World Cup?," 12 June 2018 Here are my five takeaways: No. 1 Football translation There was no blocking or tackling. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Five takeaways from West Valley Big Man Challenge," 28 June 2018 Consensus: Good athlete who moves well, plays hard and shows legit upside as a cover safety in man and zone but needs to work on his tackling and quell durability concerns. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "Rating the top safeties in the NFL Draft, with an eye on Chiefs’ needs | The Kansas City Star," 23 Apr. 2018 But given the limited tackling in practice and the insistance on implementing the rule immediately, players, coaches and officials will have no time to adopt the new style of play. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "NFL’s New Targeting Rule About to Cause a World of Officiating Chaos," 22 May 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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a knickknack or trinket

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