tap

2
[ tap ]
/ tæp /

noun

verb (used with object), tapped, tap·ping.

Verb Phrases

tap into, Informal. to gain access to; become friendly with: The candidate tapped into some wealthy supporters.
tap off, to remove (liquid, molten metal, etc.) from a keg, furnace, or the like: to tap off slag from a blast furnace.

Idioms for tap

    on tap,
    1. ready to be drawn and served, as liquor from a cask.
    2. furnished with a tap or cock, as a barrel containing liquor.
    3. Informal. ready for immediate use; available: There are numerous other projects on tap.

Origin of tap

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before 1050; (noun) Middle English tappe, Old English tæppa; cognate with Dutch tap, Old High German zapfo, Old Norse tappi; (v.) Middle English tappen, Old English tæppian; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tappen, German zapfen, Old Norse tappa

OTHER WORDS FROM tap

tap·pa·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on tap (1 of 3)

tap1
/ (tæp) /

verb taps, tapping or tapped

noun

See also taps

Derived forms of tap

tappable, adjective

Word Origin for tap

C13 tappen, probably from Old French taper, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German tappen to pluck, Swedish dialect täpa to tap

British Dictionary definitions for on tap (2 of 3)

tap2
/ (tæp) /

noun

verb taps, tapping or tapped (tr)

Derived forms of tap

tappable, adjective

Word Origin for tap

Old English tæppa; related to Old Norse tappi tap, Old High German zapfo

British Dictionary definitions for on tap (3 of 3)

tap3
/ (tæp) /

noun, verb

a Scot word for top 1
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Medical definitions for on tap

tap
[ tăp ]

n.

The removal of fluid from a body cavity.

v.

To withdraw fluid from a body cavity, as with a trocar and cannula, hollow needle, or catheter.
To strike lightly with the finger or a hammerlike instrument, as in percussion or to elicit a tendon reflex.
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Idioms and Phrases with on tap (1 of 2)

on tap

Available for immediate use, ready, as in We have two more trumpeters on tap for the parade. This metaphoric expression alludes to a beverage such as beer that is ready to be drawn from a cask. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with on tap (2 of 2)

tap

see on tap.

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