Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tack with a smooth, rounded head that can be pressed into place with the thumb.
  • transitive v. To affix with a thumbtack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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
  • v. To fix or attach something with a thumbtack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fasten with thumbtacks
  • n. a tack for attaching papers to a bulletin board or drawing board

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Examples

  • On a thumbtack was a church calendar with a huge picture of Jesus Christ, his hair brown ringlets against a cerulean-blue background, and his eyes heavenward.

    Courting Trouble

  • But there are also more appealing options, such as thumbtack monograms or a dried-bean mosaic of James Brown.

    Kooky DIY With Amy Sedaris

  • "thumbtack" icon shows the last spot they registered online before disappearing a few days ago while traveling waters off the coast of East Africa.

    Boing Boing

  • If you're less hook-enthused and have soft walls, you can simply stick a thumbtack in the wall and use this as your cord holder.

    Hack College: How To Wrangle Your Dorm Room Cords

  • But I noticed a little thumbtack hole on the top, so I assume it was pinned somewhere in the hut where Hill was found.

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • She noticed a tiny hole near the top, the perforation a pushpin or thumbtack would make?

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • 'Every day a different two or three films; sometimes one single long movie, sometimes trilogies, but a calendar's worth - the kind you thumbtack to your wall - of old movies.

    Michael Vazquez: ON THE 48TH ANNUAL NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

  • These mushrooms look exactly like tiny bird's nests, half the size of a thumbtack.

    Mushroom experts share tips at 'Fungus Fair'

  • Edits Dawson's Rules for Beer Pong, which he prints out, after surveying the document in "print preview," and posts above the house table with great fanfare, and a thumbtack.

    Gregory Beyer: Life of Bro: A Chronology

  • Now there's just thumbtack holes and a few pieces of tape still stuck to his walls, and that's it.

    20th Century Dispatch

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