tack (something) onto (something else)

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tack (something) onto (something else)

1. To fix, fasten, or secure something onto something or some surface with or as with tacks or small nails. I just need to tack some aluminum sheeting onto the side of the barn. He's been going around tacking his posters onto the walls around campus.
2. To add something onto something else, especially that which is unwanted or superfluous. It feels like the filmmakers tacked the love story onto the plot at the last minute. They tacked a number of service charges onto my bill that they were not able to explain. If you kids keep talking, I'll tack an extra 50 pages onto your homework for the weekend.
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tack something onto something

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to add something onto something. The waiter kept tacking charges onto my bill. He tacked on charge after charge.
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When those bills went nowhere in committee, Republicans attempted to tack them onto other bills as amendments.
Should the district opt for one or more makeup days, it could tack them onto the end of the school year or schedule them for either Jan.
They could cut out the ambulances and tack them onto the pub.