tack noun

1 way of achieving sth

ADJ. right, wrong

VERB + TACK go off on, take, try New research is taking a different tack. The interviewer decided to try another tack. | change, switch She suddenly changed tack, taking him by surprise.

PREP. on a/the ~ I think you're on the wrong tack with that approach.

PHRASES a change of tack

2 direction of a sailing boat in relation to the wind

ADJ. port, starboard | opposite

VERB + TACK sail on We were sailing on starboard tack. | change, swing onto/to The yacht swung to the opposite tack.