a change of tack

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a change of tack

A change or reverse in one's position, opinion, or course of action. Likened to the act of tacking in a sailboat, in which the boat is brought into the wind so as to change direction. Following low approval ratings, the president had a change of tack regarding his immigration policy. Our sales are doing very poorly; we need a change of tack if we're going to survive the year.
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We now have a huge refugee problem and a complete change of tack in that we now support the Assad regime in Syria - is there any difference between him and Saddam?
The announcement marked a change of tack from Cameron after he made comments on Wednesday and Thursday that were widely perceived as inadequate responses to the crisis, especially after the harrowing image of the dead Syrian boy was published.
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf members which drove the change of tack have shown no sign of softening their stance.
It is a change of tack for Modi, who is smarting from widespread opposition to business-friendly land purchase rules he has tried, and so far failed, to push through parliament following an executive decree.
Defence Minister Michael Fallon defended the change of tack yesterday saying Britain must target people traffickers who send migrants to their death in rickety boats to Europe from Africa.
But the willingness of Glamorgan and Newport to merge regardless prompted a change of tack and the minister's dissolution order was dropped.
underground to make music down the country this It's a bit of a change of tack from recent dates, as band co-founders David Hyde and Neil Bassett explain.
Adding to speculation about a change of tack at the Fed, Japan's Nikkei newspaper said on Friday that U.
In a change of tack last night, the BBC said: "As part of the Respect at Work Review, we identified two cases relating to sexual harassment.
The change of tack came after Labour's Gisela Stuart saw off Tory rivals in 2001, 2005 and, most surprisingly, in 2010.
But the Bore camp seem quite satisfied with the result and can easily argue there is no reason to consider a change of tack.
The settlement opportunity that HMRC has separately announced today to participants in certain tax avoidance schemes also avoids offering lower penalties, suggesting that this may be part of a much broader change of tack.
It's a bit of a change of tack from him, and I think also reflects the hard work from Andrew Smith, the MP for Oxford East.
Nationalists will debate the change of tack at their conference later this month.
Mr Bebb said there was a need for a change of tack, as it was important for the committee to ensure a constant stream of communication, but it had to be trusted and seen as reasonable.