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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.
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Had she changed tack in 2015, her speech last Saturday would have celebrated progress and been a launchpad for five more years to finish the job and have us begging for more.
Now, the party has changed tack and has backed a plan to initially keep using the pound before transferring to a new Scottish currency.
Shafie smiled but quickly recovered and changed tack after realising his blunder.
By MOHAMED AHMEDInterior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has now trained his sights on cattle rustlers, saying the government is close to crushing the criminal network behind the deadly menace.Speaking when he addressed Parliament's National Security and Administration Committee in Shanzu, Mombasa, Dr Matiang'i claimed the government has changed tack in how it fights cattle rustling.
Interestingly, CBSE has changed tack after denying reports of a question paper leak with regard to the 12th economics exam on Monday.
By the time the platypus leaves the animals have changed tack, and there are some nice themes about friendship and sharing.
But Pulis has changed tack this time round and believes the next set of international fixtures could be good for some of his players who need minutes.
But there was controversy as the Greens themselves changed tack on climate change.
Now, though, the major players in the market have changed tack and smaller and more local outlets are more in their plans.
Detectives said yesterday they "changed tack" after a postmortem showed multiple injuries unlikely to have been caused by him drowning.
"Along came Burns and my career and life changed tack altogether."
Lee Westwood isn't known for lack of confidence and he's not changed tack by predicting Europe will retain the Ryder Cup this weekend.
THE Government abruptly changed tack yesterday as plans to cut benefits for people in the North were dropped before they could even be announced.
After initially angering locals by ignoring environmental standards and using Chinese laborers, Chinese-backed mineral-extraction projects changed tack and now have some of the best community relations and CSR reporting standards in the region, observers say.
The island's top banker said that although European leaders have changed tack by announcing on December 9, 2011, a change in the overall decision to absorb losses from the private sector, in cases where a state is facing liquidity problems, "investors are not convinced."