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Take Another Tack : Phrases


Try a different strategy.


In case this tactics is not working for you,
take another tack.


Sailing ships could not move directly into the wind but had to tack - zigzag back and forth with the wind first on one side, then on the other. If a skipper approaching harbor found that his vessel couldn't make the harbor mouth on the starboard tack, he was obviously on the wrong tack, and would have to take the other (port) tack.

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