1. a layer of leather, metal, or the like in a shoe heel; a lift.
  2. a small portion of liquor remaining in a glass after drinking or in a bottle after decanting.
  3. dregs, sediment, or residue.

Origin of heeltap

First recorded in 1680–90; heel1 + tap1, tap2
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British Dictionary definitions for heeltap


  1. Also called: lift a layer of leather, etc, in the heel of a shoe
  2. a small amount of alcoholic drink left at the bottom of a glass after drinking
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