On the wrong tack

What is On the wrong tack?

On the wrong tack definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
noun
a short, sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat, broad head.
Nautical. a rope for extending the lower forward corner of a course.the lower forward corner of a course or fore-and-aft sail.the heading of a sailing vessel, when sailing close-hauled, with reference to the wind direction.a course run obliquely against the wind.one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a ship proceeding to windward.

a course of action or conduct, especially one differing from some preceding or other course.
one of the movements of a zigzag course on land.
a stitch, especially a long stitch used in fastening seams, preparatory to a more thorough sewing.
a fastening, especially of a temporary kind.
stickiness, as of nearly dry paint or glue or of a printing ink or gummed tape; adhesiveness.
the gear used in equipping a horse, including saddle, bridle, martingale, etc.

verb (used with object)
to fasten by a tack or tacks: to tack a rug to the floor.
to secure by some slight or temporary fastening.

to join together; unite; combine.
to attach as something supplementary; append; annex (often followed by on or onto).
Nautical. to change the course of (a sailing vessel) to the opposite tack.to navigate (a sailing vessel) by a series of tacks.

to equip (a horse) with tack.

verb (used without object)
Nautical. to change the course of a sailing vessel by bringing the head into the wind and then causing it to fall off on the other side: He ordered us to tack at once.(of a sailing vessel) to change course in this way.to proceed to windward by a series of courses as close to the wind as the vessel will sail.

to take or follow a zigzag course or route.

to change one’s course of action, conduct, ideas, etc.
to equip a horse with tack (usually followed by up): Please tack up quickly.

 

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