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thumbtack

[ thuhm-tak ]
/ ˈθʌmˌtæk /
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noun

a tack with a large, flat head, designed to be thrust into a board or other fairly soft object or surface by the pressure of the thumb.

verb (used with object)

to attach or tack by means of a thumbtack.

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Origin of thumbtack

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; thumb + tack1
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British Dictionary definitions for thumbtack

thumbtack
/ (ˈθʌmˌtæk) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian a short tack with a broad smooth head for fastening papers to a drawing board, etcAlso called (esp in Britain): drawing pin
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