thumbtack
I. noun Date: 1884 a tack with a broad flat head for pressing into a surface with the thumb II. transitive verb Date: 1914 to fasten with a thumbtack

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • thumbtack — (n.) tack with a broad, flat head which may be driven by pressure from the thumb, 1884, from THUMB (Cf. thumb) (n.) + TACK (Cf. tack) (n.1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • thumbtack — ► NOUN N. Amer. ▪ a drawing pin …   English terms dictionary

  • thumbtack — ☆ thumbtack [thum′tak΄ ] n. a tack with a wide, flat head that can be pressed into a board, etc. with the thumb …   English World dictionary

  • Thumbtack — A thumbtack (known as a pushpin or a drawing pin in the UK, India, Australia and New Zealand) is a short nail or pin with a large, slightly rounded head made of metal which is used to fasten documents to a background for public display and which… …   Wikipedia

  • thumbtack — UK [ˈθʌmˌtæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms thumbtack : singular thumbtack plural thumbtacks American a drawing pin …   English dictionary

  • thumbtack — /thum tak /, n. 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. v.t. 2. to attach or tack by means of a thumbtack. [1880 85, Amer.; THUMB + TACK1] * * * …   Universalium

  • thumbtack — 1. noun A small nail like tack with a slightly rounded head that can be pressed into place with light pressure from the thumb; used for hanging light articles on a wall or noticeboard Syn …   Wiktionary

  • thumbtack — [[t]θʌ̱mtæk[/t]] thumbtacks N COUNT A thumbtack is a short pin with a broad flat top which is used for fastening papers or pictures to a board, wall, or other surface. [AM] (in BRIT, use drawing pin) …   English dictionary

  • thumbtack — thumb•tack [[t]ˈθʌmˌtæk[/t]] n. 1) bui a tack with a large, flat head, designed to be thrust into a board or other surface by the pressure of the thumb 2) bui to attach or tack by means of a thumbtack • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • thumbtack — thumb|tack [ˈθʌmtæk] n AmE a short pin with a flat top that is used for fixing notices on walls British Equivalent: drawing pin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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