"taps" in the noun sense
1. pat, rap, tap
the sound made by a gentle blow
2. rap, strike, tap
a gentle blow
3. water faucet, water tap, tap, hydrant
a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
6. tap, spigot
a plug for a bunghole in a cask
7. wiretap, tap
the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
8. tap, pat, dab
a light touch or stroke
"taps" in the verb sense
cut a female screw thread with a tap
draw from or dip into to get something
"tap one's memory"
"tap a source of money"
3. tap, tip
"He tapped me on the shoulder"
4. exploit, tap
draw from make good use of
"we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"
5. wiretap, tap, intercept, bug
tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
"The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"
"Is this hotel room bugged?"
furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
"tap a cask of wine"
7. tap, rap, knock, pink
make light, repeated taps on a surface
"he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"
walk with a tapping sound
9. tapdance, tap
dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes
"Glover tapdances better than anybody"
draw (liquor) from a tap
"tap beer in a bar"
pierce in order to draw a liquid from
"tap a maple tree for its syrup"
"tap a keg of beer"
12. solicit, beg, tap
make a solicitation or entreaty for something request urgently or persistently
"Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"
"My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
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