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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I will also see to the enactment of precautionary law for trucks and articulated vehicles which ply our roads without tacking down the containers they convey that fall down causing tragedy within my constituency.
NuSil Technology (Carpinteria, CA) has announced the release of CV-2681-12, an electrically conductive, controlled volatility (low outgassing) film adhesive designed for a wide range of applications, from tacking down wires to working with solar cells and mirrors Static-dissipative with controlled volatility, CV- 2681-12 is ideal for electronics and space applications that require minimal outgassing in sensitive applications.
NuSil Technology LLC has announced the release of CV-268112, an electrically conductive, controlled-volatility (low-outgassing) film adhesive designed for a wide range of applications, from tacking down wires to working with solar cells and mirrors.
After that, it's like sailing on water, tacking down wind and coming about in a skidding U-turn that sends up a rooster-tail plume of snow.
He also finds time to carry out odd jobs in older people's homes, such as changing light bulbs and tacking down loose carpets.
Beading was done onto the paper, tacking down every two beads.
Tidy up the felt at the corners, folding it neatly and tacking down where necessary.
Whether you're hanging pictures or tacking down shingles, a hammer holder is a must-have accessory.
Cross fastened one end of the canvas to his garage and the other end to the bumper of his car, using the vehicle to stretch the canvas tightly over the canoe frame prior to tacking down the fabric.
(The differences in approaches can be illustrated by the problem of preventing slipping on a loose rug - one can warn people to be careful in walking on rugs, one can educate people to use engineering voluntarily by tacking down the rug, or the manufacturer can produce rugs with non-skid rubberized backing so that safety is produced "automatically.")
He speaks of "tacking down" an individual's color space by the use of public paradigms, and he devotes some time to the shifted spectrum problem and its consequences for functionalism.