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.

Nearby words

  1. heeler,
  2. heeling tank,
  3. heelpiece,
  4. heelplate,
  5. heelpost,
  6. heelwork,
  7. heelys,
  8. heep,
  9. heer,
  10. heerfordt's disease

Origin of heeltap

First recorded in 1680–90; heel1 + tap1, tap2

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British Dictionary definitions for heel-tap



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
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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."

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