tap1 [ tæp ] verb **
1. ) intransitive or transitive to touch someone or something gently and move them slightly, or make a soft knocking sound:
Several young men were tapping away at keyboards (=using computers).
tap at/on/against: We could hear someone tapping at the door.
tap someone on something: I tapped him on the shoulder and he jumped.
2. ) transitive to use electronic equipment to secretly listen to what someone says on the telephone
3. ) transitive to get a substance from a particular place or object:
The organization planned to tap underground water resources.
tapping trees for rubber
a ) INFORMAL to get money from a particular person:
They intend to raise the money by tapping shareholders.
tap into: I'll have to tap into my savings to pay my bills.
4. ) tap or tap into transitive if you tap something such as someone's ability or a supply of information, you use it or get some benefit from it:
Are you tapping your staff's full potential?
This was a market other magazines had not been tapping.
`tap ,into phrasal verb transitive
1. ) same as TAP1 4:
There is a supply of skilled workers that they can tap into.
2. ) tap into something to understand and express something such as people's beliefs or attitudes:
the senator's ability to tap into the American psyche
,tap `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) AMERICAN to use all the money that someone or something has available:
How can we buy a new house without tapping out our savings account?
2. ) to create a particular pattern of sounds by hitting a surface gently with your fingers
a ) to use your fingers to do something such as call a telephone number or write something using a computer keyboard:
I could hear him tapping out another job application.
3. ) AMERICAN to make you feel very tired:
We were tapped out after a long day of skiing.
tap 2 [ tæp ] noun **
1. ) count the action or sound of touching someone or something gently:
I felt a tap on my shoulder.
A few taps with a hammer and it was fixed.
2. ) count an object used for controlling how much liquid or gas comes out of a pipe or container
a ) count an object used for letting beer out of a KEG
b ) BRITISH a FAUCET that controls the water coming out of a pipe
3. ) count electronic equipment used for listening secretly to someone's telephone conversations:
She suspected they'd put a tap on her phone.
My daughter takes ballet and tap.
on tap
1. ) if beer is on tap, it can be served from a large container with a tap, instead of from a bottle:
We have a light beer on tap, or imported beers in bottles.
2. ) easily available:
The Internet makes it possible to have all kinds of information on tap at any time.
3. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL planned for a particular time:
What's on tap for tomorrow?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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