taptap1 /tæp/ ●●○S3 noun1water/gas [countable]D especially British English a piece of equipment for controlling the flow of water, gas etc from a pipe or containerSYN faucet American EnglishTap water (=water that comes out of a tap) is usually heavily treated with chemicals.She went into the bathroom and turned on the taps.kitchen/bath/garden tapI washed my hands under the kitchen tap.cold/hot tap (=the tap that cold or hot water comes from)2a light hit [countable]HIT an act of hitting something lightly, especially to get someone’s attentiontap at/onShe felt a tap on her shoulder.There was a tap at the door.3 →on tap4dancing [uncountable] (also tap dancing)APDdancing in which you wear special shoes with pieces of metal on the bottom which make a loudsharp sound on the floor5telephone [countable]LISTEN an act of secretly listening to someone’s telephone, using electronic equipmentThe police had put a tap on his phone line.6barrel [countable]D a specially shapedobject used for letting liquid out of a barrel, especially beer7 →tapsCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a piece of equipment for controlling the flow of water, gas etc from a pipe or containerverbsturn on a tapRun some cold water into the bath before turning on the hot tap.turn off a tapI forgot to turn the tap off.run a tap (=make water flow out of it)She stood at the sink, running the tap to get a glass of cold water.a tap is running (=water is flowing out of it)I think you must have left the tap running.a tap is dripping (=drops of water are coming out of it)If the tap is dripping, change the washer.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + tap the cold/hot tapShe scrubbed her hands under the cold tap.the kitchen/bath/garden tapThe water coming out of the kitchen tap had an odd smell.a mixer tap British English (=one through which cold and hot water can run together)He fitted a mixer tap to the bath.a running tapWash the cut under a running tap.a dripping tapI could hear a dripping tap.a leaking/leaky tap (=with drops of water coming from the end )The leaky tap had left a stain in the washbasin.tap + NOUNtap water (=water that comes out of a tap)In the test, people preferred tap water to bottled mineral waters.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: an act of hitting something lightly, especially to get someone’s attentionadjectivesa gentle/light/soft tapThere was a gentle tap on the door.a sharp tapA few sharp taps with a hammer will force the nail through the surface.verbsgive something/somebody a tapShe gave the dog a gentle tap with her umbrella.
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tap• The FBI had put a tap on Mitchell's phone line.• There was a tap on the window as Iris passed on her way to the front door of HawthornCottage.• There was a tap at the door.• A tap on the door sounded above the wind.• What are they doing next door? I can't stand this constanttapping on the wall.• The bath looked as if it had been hollowed out of a singlelump of the stuff, with monstrousgolddolphins for taps.• I am stopped mid-anecdote by an imperioustap on my shoulder.• I was startled by a light tap at the door.• For the second time, there was a tentativetap on the door.• A rubber hose-pipe snaked across the yard from the kitchen window, bringing hot water from the tap in the big sink.• She gave Mike a drink of water from the tap.cold/hot tap• Add cold tap water to cover the ingredients by 1 inch.• Pourhottest tap water into the larger bakingpan to a depth of 1 inch.• She stretched to manipulate the hot tap with her toe.• Great idea: before gratingorange or lemonpeel, run the grater under the cold tap to preventsticking.• But as she washed her breakfastcup and saucer and rinsed them meticulously under the cold tap, she was anxious.• She ran the water out of the basin and held her wrists under the cold tap until they were numb.• The cold tapdripped into the stone sink at long, regularintervals.tap at/on• I was just formulating how to say it when I felt a tap on my shoulder.• Rita felt a tap on her shoulder.• Suddenly there is a tap on my shoulder, and I jump in terror.• Nevertheless there was a tap at the door.• In the end, Honorgritted her teeth and tapped on the door.• Within walking distance, if you can, and one that can be tapped atweekends.• I flipped on the car radio, tapping on the steeringwheel in time to the music.• Metal, not rubber, taps on shoes?• It was 5.06 when he was tapped on the shoulder and told that he was urgently needed on the phone.taptap2 ●●○ verb (tapped, tapping)1hit lightly [intransitive, transitive]HIT to hit your fingers lightly on something, for example to get someone’s attentiontap somebody on the shoulder/arm/chest etcHe turned as someone tapped him on the shoulder.tap onI went up and tapped on the window.tap something on/against/from etc somethingMark tapped his fingers on the tabletop impatiently.She tapped ash from her cigarette.► see thesaurus at hit2music [transitive] to make a regular pattern of sounds with your fingers or feet, especially when you are listening to musicShe tapped her feet in time to the music.a toe-tapping tune3energy/money [transitive] (also tap into)USE something to use or take what is needed from something such as an energysupply or an amount of moneyPeople are tapping into the power supply illegally.We hope that additional sources of funding can be tapped.4ideas [transitive] (also tap into)USE something to make as much use as possible of the ideas, experience, knowledge etc that a group of people hasYour adviser’s experience is there to be tapped.helping people tap into training opportunities5telephone [transitive]LISTEN to listen secretly to someone’s telephone by using a special piece of electronic equipmentMurray’s phone calls to Australia were tapped.6TAtree [transitive] to get liquid from the trunk of a tree by making a hole in it7player [transitive] (also tap up) British English informal if a footballclubtaps a player from another team, it illegally tries to persuade that player to join its team →tap something ↔ in →tap something ↔ out→ See Verb table
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tap• Daley read the notes, tapping a pencil on the desk.• It sounded as though something outside was tapping against the window.• Later we realized our phones had been tapped and the police knew everything.• Williams is expected to be tapped as the new director of operations.• In other cases it was apparent that a new pedestrianpopulation was being tapped as turnover rose markedly on shop opening.• Reinhardt was tapped for the federalbench in 1980 by formerPresidentCarter.• To continue the researchproject, the university plans to tapfunds primarily from privatefoundations.• His chipshot came up an inch short and he tapped in for par.• The rainforestthemeproductstap into consumer interest in the environment.• Is that someone tapping on the door?• She tapped on the window to attract his attention.• She would tap out a cigarette and pretend to smoke it, as if on break.• He tapped the cigarette briskly against the packet, placed it negligently between his lips and lit it.• Investigators had tapped the drug dealer's phone line.• Nor did I telephone Edusha the police might be tapping the line.• Edouard was tapping the table idly with one finger, which Isobel knew was a sign of irritation.• In some circumstances, such partnerships can, in fact, tap the tax-exempt market.• The whole crowd was clapping and tapping their feet to the music.tap on• I went up and tapped on the window.phone ... tapped• He is at present living in Belgrade, threatened and insulted for the public stand he is taking, his phone tapped.• Or did Bob think the house phones could be tapped?• They also have reason to believe their phone is tapped.From King Business Dictionarytaptap /tæp/ nounon tapready for immediate use when you need itForeign currency loans provide you with cash on tap in the appropriate currency.Origintap11. Old English tæppa2. (1300-1400) → TAP2tap21. (1100-1200)Old Frenchtaper“to hit with the flat part of the hand”2. Old English tæppian