tap someone (for something)

tap someone (for something)
tv. to select someone for some purpose or position.
The committee tapped John to run for Congress. OI had thought they were going to tap Sally.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • tap */*/ — I UK [tæp] / US verb Word forms tap : present tense I/you/we/they tap he/she/it taps present participle tapping past tense tapped past participle tapped 1) [intransitive/transitive] to touch someone or something gently and to move them slightly,… …   English dictionary

  • tap — tap1 [ tæp ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to touch someone or something gently and move them slightly, or make a soft knocking sound: Several young men were tapping away at keyboards (=using computers). tap at/on/against: We could hear …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tap — I. /tæp / (say tap) verb (tapped, tapping) –verb (t) 1. to strike lightly but audibly; strike with slight blows. 2. to make, put, etc., by tapping. 3. to strike (the hand, foot, etc.) lightly upon or against something. 4. to add a thickness of… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • tap — [tæp] noun on tap ready for immediate use when you need it: • Foreign currency loans provide you with cash on tap in the appropriate currency. * * * Ⅰ. tap UK US /tæp/ verb ( pp ) ► [I or T] to get or make use of something that exists, such …   Financial and business terms

  • tap — 1 noun 1 WATER/GAS (C) a piece of equipment for controlling the flow of water, gas etc from a pipe or container; faucet AmE: turn on the tap (=so that water comes out of it): Carla, don t leave the taps running! | tap water: In some countries,… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tap*/ — [tæp] noun [C] I 1) an object that is used for controlling how much water comes out of a pipe Just turn the cold tap on for a few seconds.[/ex] 2) the action of touching someone or something gently, or the sound that the touch makes I felt a tap… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • tap — tap1 S3 [tæp] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(water/gas)¦ 2¦(a light hit)¦ 3 on tap 4¦(dancing)¦ 5¦(telephone)¦ 6¦(barrel)¦ 7¦(tune)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1, 3, 5, 6; Origin: Old English tAppa] [Sense: 2, 4, 7 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tap — [[t]tæ̱p[/t]] ♦♦♦ taps, tapping, tapped 1) N COUNT A tap is a device that controls the flow of a liquid or gas from a pipe or container, for example on a sink. [mainly BRIT] She turned on the taps. ...a cold water tap... The honey runs out of a… …   English dictionary

  • tit for tat — noun an equivalent given in return • Hypernyms: ↑return, ↑paying back, ↑getting even * * * n blow for blow, retaliation, revenge, requital, reprisal, measure for measure, counterblow, counterbuff, countercharge FORMAL quid pro quo,lex talionis …   Useful english dictionary

  • call for — verb 1. express the need or desire for; ask for (Freq. 24) She requested an extra bed in her room She called for room service • Syn: ↑request, ↑bespeak, ↑quest • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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