tack·​ling ˈta-kliŋ How to pronounce tackling (audio)
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Examples of tackling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first half will not feature live tackling, head coach Spencer Danielson said, but the second half will. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 19 Apr. 2024 Through the first half, the only half of live play with full tackling, Ward finished 17 of 23 for 260 yards and two touchdowns. Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald, 14 Apr. 2024 DeJean could play cornerback or safety thanks to his sure tackling and athleticism. Ayrton Ostly, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2024 This is a difficult environment to evaluate running backs because the tackling isn’t live, but both impressed. Parker Gabriel, The Denver Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Breakdowns nearly cost San Francisco against Green Bay, then an assortment of errors (including shabby tackling) pushed them into the deep hole against Detroit. USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The 49ers’ run defense yielded 148 yards in the first half of the NFC title game to Detroit, and while edge containment will be tested, gap integrity and gang tackling must be on point. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 Queen had momentary lapses but made significant progress this season with his open-field tackling. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 He was also known for trying to protect players from concussions by reducing full-contact practices, which led to the development of the Mobile Virtual Player, a robotic tackling dummy now used by other colleges and NFL teams. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tackling was in the 15th century

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“Tackling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tackling. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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