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blocking and tackling

The basic, fundamental skills, tasks, or roles necessary to the function of something. Used especially in business, it is a reference to American football in which blockers and tacklers have the least glamorous positions but are critically important to the team as a whole. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. You don't even know how to file a basic report? Tom, that's just simple blocking and tackling. Our accountants are the blocking and tackling of our company. They might not get the spotlight, but they make the company run smoothly.
See also: and, block
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Not tackling under-performance simply can't be tolerated.
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Effective leadership is vital here and we look to the City Forum to ensure that all its partners work together to fulfill the community plan's long-term commitment to tackling the causes of poverty.
In an era when square-jawed hard men patrolled football pitches, Greig was one of the toughest around and he fears the art of tackling is being outlawed.
If we have been guilty of such a tackle, it's simply down to poor technique and a mistake on our behalf, and if we end up tackling around the head we deserve to be penalised.
It is almost impossible to trap because of the threat of the linebackers running through and tackling the back in the backfield.
Back in 1976, the NCAA and the National Federation adopted rules changes intended to discourage the "head first" tackling and blocking techniques being used by players at every level: