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A tackler was a supervisor in a textile factory responsible for the working of a number of power looms and the weavers who operated them.[1] The title derived from the job, which was to “tackle” any mechanical problems encountered with the looms in their charge. Invariably male, they had a reputation for gullibility and were the butt of many jokes.[2]



OED. (2018). tackler n. In Oxford English Dictionary (online). Oxford University Press.
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