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tacknoun [C]

 us   /tæk/

tack noun [C] (NAIL)

a ​short, ​sharpnail with a ​wide, ​flat end, or a thumbtack

tack noun [C] (WAY OF DEALING)

one of several ​possibleways of ​dealing with something: When this tack didn’t ​work, I ​tried another.

tackverb [T]

 /tæk/
to ​fasten something with tacks: We tacked up a few ​decorations for the ​party.
Phrasal verbs
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tacknoun

uk   us   /tæk/

tack noun (NAIL)

[C] a ​small, ​sharpnail with a ​flat end

tack noun (SEWING)

[C] a ​long, ​loose stitch

tack noun (RIDING EQUIPMENT)

[U] all the ​objects that the ​rider of a ​horseneeds, ​including saddles and bridles

tack noun (BOAT'S DIRECTION)

[C] the ​direction or ​distance that a ​boatmoves at an ​angle to the ​direction of the ​wind, so that the ​boatreceives the ​wind on ​itssails: The ​ship was on the ​starboard tack.

tackverb

uk   us   /tæk/

tack verb (FASTEN)

[T] to ​fasten something to a ​place with tacks

tack verb (SEW)

[I or T] (also mainly US baste) to ​sew with a ​long, ​loose stitch that ​holds two ​pieces of ​material together ​temporarily, before they are ​sewn together in a more ​tidy or ​permanent way

tack verb (BOAT)

[I usually + adv/prep] (of a ​boat) to ​turn so that it is at an ​angle to the ​direction of the ​wind and ​receives the ​wind on ​itssails
tacking
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈtæk.ɪŋ/
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