tack

1
[ tak ]
/ tæk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    on the wrong tack, under a misapprehension; in error; astray: His line of questioning began on the wrong tack.

Origin of tack

1
1300–50; (noun) Middle English tak buckle, clasp, nail (later, tack); cognate with German Zacke prong, Dutch tak twig; (v.) Middle English tacken to attach, derivative of the noun; see tache, attach

SYNONYMS FOR tack

Related forms

tack·er, nountack·less, adjective

Can be confused

tack tact track tracttacks tax
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British Dictionary definitions for on the wrong tack (1 of 4)

tack

1
/ (tæk) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

tackless, adjective

Word Origin for tack

C14 tak fastening, nail; related to Middle Low German tacke pointed instrument

British Dictionary definitions for on the wrong tack (2 of 4)

tack

2
/ (tæk) /

noun

informal food, esp when regarded as inferior or distastefulSee also hardtack

Word Origin for tack

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for on the wrong tack (3 of 4)

tack

3
/ (tæk) /

noun

  1. riding harness for horses, such as saddles, bridles, etc
  2. (as modifier)the tack room

Word Origin for tack

C20: shortened from tackle

British Dictionary definitions for on the wrong tack (4 of 4)

tack

4
/ (tæk) /

noun Scot

a lease
an area of land held on a lease

Word Origin for tack

C15: from tak a Scots word for take
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Idioms and Phrases with on the wrong tack (1 of 2)

on the wrong tack


Also, on the wrong track. See under on the right tack.

Idioms and Phrases with on the wrong tack (2 of 2)

tack


see get down to brass tacks; on the right tack; sharp as a tack.

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