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right tack

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  • This was asked earnestly, and made Dr. Nash feel he was on the right tack.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • He is the hardest man to secure I ever started out to gain, but I've gone for him on just the right tack.

  • The expression was not lost upon the attorney, who perceived he was on the right tack.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • "There are some more of your white Crows, Nat," said the Doctor, as they headed straight out after getting on the right tack.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • And this time he is on the right tack; it is on ships that the fate of the British world-empire will depend.

    In the World War Count Ottokar Czernin
  • Needless to say the storm ceased at once, and Henry felt that he was indeed upon the right tack, both nautically and spiritually.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln Charles L. Marson
  • Because the police, clever as you say they are, never started on the right tack.

    The Old Man in the Corner Baroness Orczy
  • There is plenty of fun going on in the ship, and you will enjoy yourself as soon as you get on the right tack.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • I have begun four letters to Mrs. D., but have not satisfied myself that I am on the right tack in any of them.

  • We're on the right tack for the Southern Ocean; but the storm-center is overtaking us faster than we can drift away from it.

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