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thumbtack

[thuhm-tak] /ˈθʌmˌtæk/
noun
1.
a tack with a large, flat head, designed to be thrust into a board or other fairly soft object or surface by the pressure of the thumb.
verb (used with object)
2.
to attach or tack by means of a thumbtack.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; thumb + tack1
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Examples from the web for thumbtack
  • thumbtack a length of string or yarn between the two pictures.
  • Push a thumbtack through the center of an aluminum pie plate from the bottom.
  • thumbtacks mark important local places and clicking on a thumbtack brings up detailed information about the particular place.
  • He scribbled thoughts on paper and using a thumbtack carefully arranged his notes on a piece of cardboard for viewing.
  • Nowadays you've got the earmarks and it's for this or that thumbtack.
British Dictionary definitions for thumbtack

thumbtack

/ˈθʌmˌtæk/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a short tack with a broad smooth head for fastening papers to a drawing board, etc Also called (esp in Britain) drawing pin
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Word Origin and History for thumbtack
n.

tack with a broad, flat head which may be driven by pressure from the thumb, 1884, from thumb (n.) + tack (n.1).

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