tack down


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tack down

To fix, fasten, or secure something (to some surface, especially the ground) with or as with tacks or small nails. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tack" and "down." Remember to tack the tarp down, or it will get blown away when the storm hits! I've been meaning to tack down this loose step before someone falls over it.
See also: down, tack

tack something down

to fasten something down with small nails. Someone had better tack this carpet down. Please tack down this carpet.
See also: down, tack
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An electrolytic process then uses nickel to tack down the abrasive to the exposed wheel profile.
West Mercia officers are liaising with West Midlands Police in a bid to tack down the offenders.
With the speed at which this technological innovation is taking over the industry's processes, by the time the risk manager can tack down the current state-of-the-art advances, things move forward again.
They simply dictate any new tack down the line to the "front men" who pass it on to MPs and the great unwashed.
Cut the opening with a saber saw, tack down the sheet metal edges, and drop in the sink.
If you don't have usable floorboards, tack down plywood or hardboard sheets.
Researchers can use light beams-laser tweezers-to tack down one end of a molecule, grab the other end, and pull on it.
The ministry expressed confidence in the specialized authorities to tack down the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Step 4 - Place the layers of tulle over the crown and tack down using invisible thread.
At the end of the cord, tack fabric in place with thread (to prevent unraveling, you may want to tack down each fabric strip as you proceed).