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change tack

To employ a different method or approach in addressing a particular situation. They have not been receptive to our offers thus far, so we need to change tack. If diplomacy doesn't resolve this conflict, we will need to change tack and try a more aggressive approach.
See also: change, tack
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He changes tack with the Satie-like piano instrumental "aisatsana [102]" (those titles, eh?
That's assuming of course that neither of them turns out to be her stalker, who this week changes tack and breaks in to her house to tidy up and do her ironing.
While a number of guides to lobbying focus on theoretical cases, The golden rules of lobbying', co-written by Stephane Desselas and Natacha Clarac, changes tack with its firmly pragmatic and didactic approach.
RECENT LEGO titles have concentrated on movie tie-in action, so it may be something of a surprise for gamers to see that LEGO Battles changes tack to focus on real-time strategy.
Then, just as you're getting depressed, he changes tack and build towards a crashing climax.
But just as you're worrying that he might be intending to describe his entire skiing holiday to us in real time - and struggling to picture him in salopettes and mittens, or with the group of alpha male northern mates he claims to have gone away with - he changes tack.
At first, Nicole tries the obvious approach, but when she realises how nice Geoff is, she changes tack - will she really corrupt him so quickly?
When the pair head off to the Lake District the film changes tack, with Staunton and new Bond girl Arterton taking the attention, and then it's back into black comedy mode as we switch back to London and see whether Tommy will go through with his promise.
In chapter 4, "Savonarola Against and For Music," the author at first changes tack.
GLASSJAW frontman Daryl Palumbo changes tack for an album bursting with infectious 80s pop melody in rock'n'roll surrounds - and emerges as America's answer to The Wonderstuff.
But then the film changes tack by giving in to the demands of a ghost story.