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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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Garissa Peace Committee secretary Hassan Osman praised the government for changing tack in the fight against terror by bringing on board elders, the youth, women and elected leaders.
But Albion have no intention of changing tack by moving for Appleton with Moore keen to wait for his top choice to become available.
Acidtongued Joan proceeded to mock him before changing tack to flirt, telling him: "Call me when it's over."
As for Labour distancing themselves from their pre-election policies I doubt they are unique in changing tack in an attempt to be successful next time.
My face is not set against changing tack but we need to be assured that a new approach would be a better one.
Changing tack, I was amused by the tiff between coaches Nathan Brown and Shaun Wane after the derby match.
Intervention and a changing tack are the only way to avoid meltdown so David Cameron should tell the Chancellor he's got it wrong.
His opponents are changing tack now, no longer suggesting that he is out of touch but instead accusing him of the catch-all crime of "meddling" in public life.
Sources at the New Den revealed chairman Jeff Burnidge, who has taken over from Theo Paphitis, is changing tack from a young, hungry manager to somebody older and streetwise.
Perhaps Mr Brunstrom should consider changing tack by tar getting motorists committing another equally serious offence - driving without insurance.
``Following five years of broken New Labour promises to improve our health and education systems, Tony Blair is now changing tack and placing crime at the top of his priorities.
Changing tack, London are too high at 8-11 for tonight's Super League game at the Don Valley Stadium.
The government, changing tack for the 1990s, has liberalized foreign investment laws and restructured incentive programs to draw foreign business.
Was it Nato's generals changing tack in Kosovo or perhaps the Americans finally giving up the right to carry guns?
Changing tack. David Cameron's coalition majored on food banks, bedroom tax and toxic benefit sanctions, many of which were overturned on appeal.