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thumb +‎ tack

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A brass thumbtack

thumbtack (plural thumbtacks)

  1. A small nail-like tack with a slightly rounded head that can be pressed into place with light pressure from the thumb; used for hanging light articles on a wall or noticeboard.

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thumbtack (third-person singular simple present thumbtacks, present participle thumbtacking, simple past and past participle thumbtacked)

  1. (transitive) To fix or attach something with a thumbtack.
    • 1988, Edmund White, The Beautiful Room is Empty, New York: Vintage International, 1994, Chapter One,
      On the particle-board partition that separated his cubicle from the next, Paul had thumbtacked things that might inspire him []

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