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on the right tack

Progressing in a way that is likely to succeed. I think we're really on the right tack with this new environmental initiative. After all of those failed experiments, our team is finally on the right tack now.
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on the right tack

Also, on the right track. Proceeding satisfactorily; also, following the correct line of reasoning. For example, He thinks the housing market is improving, and he's on the right tack there, or That's not exactly so, but you're on the right track. The first term alludes to the direction of a sailboat, the second to the direction of a path. The same is true of the antonyms, on the wrong tack and on the wrong track, indicating an erroneous assumption or course of action. For example, He's on the wrong tack for finding a solution, or The researchers were on the wrong track altogether when they assumed the virus was transmitted by mosquitoes . The expressions using tack date from about 1900; those using track date from about 1880.
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I think I shall be able to put him on the right tack; and I am the more pleased because he is a relation of yours, Casaubon."
If the right tack implied anything more precise than the rest of Mr.
Right Tack (1969), Don't Forget Me (1987), Tirol (1990), Rodrigo De Triano (1992) and Cockney Rebel (2007) were the others to win at Newmarket and the Curragh.
Singapore Deputy Speaker Lim Biow Chuan, head of the Singapore delegation, said the right tack might be to allow Myanmar to sort out its internal issues for now.
Mongan also reached another landmark as the first Epsom trainer since John Sutcliffe in 1969 to win a Classic, the latter having taken the 2000 Guineas with Right Tack.
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She floats through the whole affair, rarely giving the part gravity, which seems exactly the right tack. Writer director Andrew Bergman handles the whole affair with panache, especially in the last 10 minutes as Cage joins a band of skydiving Elvis impersonators.
I'll add a few questions to the penultimate graf: Is the "tempered" view the right tack to take?
He said their battle for survival was on the right tack. "I had motivated my players to give their best in the reaming few game, and they played accordingly," he added.
MANAGER Greg Abbott believes Carlisle United have "turned a corner" and aims to keep them on the right tack at the expense of Tranmere on Saturday.
The Worcester wing is on the right tack for the second league start of his career as Warriors take on fast sinking Bristol next Saturday.
It would be wrong to make light of the financial crisis, but it's also reassuring to know that CIMA members as a community are sailing on the right tack.
And Cockney Rebel will be attempting to emulate Right Tack, Don't Forget Me, Tirol, Rodrigo de Triano and Rock Of Gibraltar by becoming only the sixth colt to complete the Newmarket/Curragh 2,000 Guineas double.
ON THE RIGHT TACK: Steve Irish (left) and Martin Gotrel in action in Plymouth.
It was exactly the right tack but required a subtle, consensus-building approach to implement.