change tack


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change tack (third-person singular simple present changes tack, present participle changing tack, simple past and past participle changed tack)

  1. (nautical) To change course or heading.
    Synonym: switch tack
  2. (figuratively, by extension) To take a different approach.
    • 2018 July 15, Jonathan Jurejko, “Novak Djokovic wins fourth Wimbledon by beating Kevin Anderson”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Anderson rarely ventured forward in the opening two sets, coming to the net on seven occasions, before changing tack and making 14 approaches in the final set alone.
    Synonym: switch tack

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