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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The 23-year-old super bantamweight from Donnington was out to register a second straight TKO after knocking down Bjorklund twice - but a hand injury forced a change of tack.
A sudden change of tack by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif to relinquish the coveted hot seat of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) while apparently extending his stay in London, and news of restructuring at the top of the party have given rise to speculations that a 'deal' with the government could be in the offing.
But reducing the size specifications for prospective retail property agents shows a change of tack and an interest in ramping up acquisition of sites on a smaller scale, according to analysts.
The government is stepping in to change this," Mr Ndwiga said in an interview.He said a conference of elected leaders from 31 coffee growing counties is being planned for the government to explain the change of tack.
In a change of tack, Sheina Ross described the electro-magnetic spectrum.
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To the absolute credit of Mercedes, they have avoided using team orders in their recent history, but with Vettel still in striking range of Hamilton, they adopted a change of tack here, denying Bottas his first win of 2018 and handing their star driver seven extra, potentially critical points.
A public inquiry was due to be held this year, but Banks Property has now pulled out, citing a change of tack by the council.
This change of tack sees the M5 exploring new dynamic dimensions and offering greater everyday practicality in all driving conditions.
Meanwhile, experts questioned if Michael O'Leary's reign as chief executive is coming to an end after the change of tack on recognising unions.
The statement marked a change of tack by Kurdish authorities, which on Wednesday accused Iraqi forces and Iranian-trained Iraqi paramilitaries of "preparing a major attack" on the oil-rich region of Kirkuk and near Mosul in northern Iraq.
But there was a change of tack against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium and Pulis felt his team's added conviction in attack paid dividends.
It was something that first raised its head during his initial spell in charge following the sacking of Garry Monk, though the hope was for a change of tack for his first full campaign in charge once the job of avoiding relegation had been achieved.
O'Neill was appointed in 2015 and is said to be 'baffled' by the government's change of tack on China.
Steelworkers' trade union Community has said that staff are feeling "frustrated" at the change of tack.