tack·​ling | \ ˈta-kliŋ How to pronounce tackling (audio) , naut often ˈtā-\

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Johnson has made nice cuts in traffic and has shown the ability to get to the edge against NFL competition — albeit with no tackling or pads. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions rookie running back Ty Johnson shows off speed," 6 June 2019 For now, at least, the game is easy enough to pick up and play, and the three-on-three action, which revolves around high-speed tackling and slope-crouching momentum, is instantly attractive. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Roller Champions hands-on premiere: Ubisoft’s fun, F2P answer to Rocket League," 10 June 2019 But this eager group of students taking instruction from Diaz and preparing to dive into a tackling drill weren’t some of the nation’s top high school football prospects. Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel.com, "Manny Diaz, staff take select group of fans behind the scenes at Hurricanes’ first women’s football clinic," 9 June 2019 After the tackling comes the mental gymnastics, with Luke S. hoping to prove the pen is mightier than the sword after new rival Luke P. once again slams him behind his back to Hannah during the cocktail party. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al.com, "Tensions rise on ‘The Bachelorette,’ as men get testy and manipulative for Hannah’s heart," 4 June 2019 After that, Moore kept the Brazilians at bay with a masterclass in precise tackling and England fashioned a series of chances of their own. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Days to Go - What if Gordon Banks Hadn’t Fallen Ill Before the Quarter Final?," 11 June 2018 Running zone-read in 11-on-11, when there was no tackling and the quarterbacks couldn't be hit, Martell was quick and shifty in the hole. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Dwayne Haskins throwing touchdown passes: Ohio State quarterback practice observations," 26 Mar. 2018 Roquan Smith made a positive first impression The inside linebacker and first-round pick won’t be able to showcase his best qualities until players are permitted to practice in pads during training camp, and even then there’s not much live tackling. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Roquan Smith's intangibles leave strong first impression at Bears rookie minicamp," 13 May 2018 Playing eight-man football in high school helped Leighton Vander Esch develop his open-field tackling. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Leighton Vander Esch's journey: From eight-man to walk-on to the Cowboys | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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