- a layer of leather, metal, or the like in a shoe heel; a lift.
- a small portion of liquor remaining in a glass after drinking or in a bottle after decanting.
- dregs, sediment, or residue.
Origin of heeltap
Examples from the Web for heel-tap
I think we are somewhere in the Atlantic; but your finding that heel-tap does puzzle me.The Land of the Changing Sun
William N. Harben
My summons came when we had shared the heel-tap of the bottle.The Master of Appleby
“A great loss,” he would say, with a sad shake of his head, as he turned off the heel-tap.Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)
A Sexton of the Old School
Little Fay nodded, for her heart was full again, and the heel-tap of a sob would have been behind her words.Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
Zack was teeming with mirth—abetted, no doubt, by a heel-tap or two from the Colonel's retiring goblet.Sunlight Patch
Credo Fitch Harris
- Also called: lift a layer of leather, etc, in the heel of a shoe
- a small amount of alcoholic drink left at the bottom of a glass after drinking
Word Origin and History for heel-tap
also heeltap, 1680s, "one of the bits of leather that are stacked up to make a shoe heel" (see heel (n.1)); meaning "bit of liquor left in a glass or bottle" first recorded 1780s; the exact connection is uncertain unless it be "the last or final part."