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tapped out

adjective

out of money or another resources, such as energy

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  • Quickly he tapped out a copy of the strange, taunting message.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • He tapped out a distress call which the dolphins could relay to the swimmers.

    Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
  • Brander chuckled softly; he tapped out his pipe in his palm and tossed the glowing ember over the rail.

    The Sea Bride Ben Ames Williams
  • He tapped out the number on the keyboard of the phone and waited for the panel to light up.

    Thin Edge Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Nervously, at very slow speed, she tapped out in Morse code that the train had been washed off the track.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
  • Fanny was the first to reappear, and, whilst waiting for her sister, she tapped out a new music-hall melody on the piano.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • And he tapped out his signal in the Morse code very slowly, knowing that Henri would hear and understand.

Slang definitions & phrases for tapped out

tapped out

adjective phrase

  1. Penniless; broke, tap city: Tapped out, a bank goes under/ the tapped-out underdog he is supposed to be (1940s+ Gambling)
  2. Exhausted; frazzled, pooped: thought he looked terrible, haggard, pale, tapped out (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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