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  • a light touch or stroke
  • the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
  • a plug for a bunghole in a cask
  • a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads
  • a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
  • a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask
  • a gentle blow
  • the sound made by a gentle blow
  • 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
  • pierce in order to draw a liquid from
    • tap a maple tree for its syrup
    • tap a keg of beer
  • draw (liquor) from a tap
    • tap beer in a bar
  • dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes
    • Glover tapdances better than anybody
  • walk with a tapping sound
  • make light, repeated taps on a surface
    • he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently
  • furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
    • tap a cask of wine
  • 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?
  • draw from; make good use of
    • we must exploit the resources we are given wisely
  • strike lightly
    • He tapped me on the shoulder
  • draw from or dip into to get something
    • tap one's memory
    • tap a source of money
  • cut a female screw thread with a tap
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