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tapping up

(Brit, informal) (esp of a professional soccer club) the illicit practice of attempting to recruit a player while he is still bound by contract to another team
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  • But Mr. Cato was tapping up the dotted stairway with his bow.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • "I must look 'ee out a perfect one," said Mrs. Vercoe, tapping up one after another and rapping them with her knuckles.

    The Carroll Girls Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • But when my work was over, after "tapping up" a bit, I'd take my own "square missus" out—you bet we made a hit.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.

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