Tacks (small nails with flat heads)




  • To nail with a tack (small nail with a flat head).
  • To sew/stich with a tack (loose seam used to temporarily fasten pieces of cloth).
  • To maneuver a sailing vessel so that its bow turns through the wind, i.e. the wind changes from one side of the vessel to the other.
  • To add something as an extra item.
  • Often paired with "up", to place the tack on a horse.


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  • From Middle English tak, takke, from Old Northern French taque, probably from a Germanic source, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *takkô ("tip; point; protrusion; prong; tine; jag; spike; twig"), from Proto-Indo-European *dHgʰn-, *déHgʰ-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Takke ("bough; branch; twig"), West Frisian takke ("branch"), tûk, Dutch tak ("twig; branch; limb"), German Zacke ("jag; prong; spike; tooth; peak").
  • From Middle English takken, from the noun (see above).
  • From an old or dialectal form of French tache. See techy.
  • Identified with Scots tack. Related to take.

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