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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytap out
he/she/ittaps out
present participletapping out
past tensetapped out
past participletapped out
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  1. 1
    American to use all the money that someone or something has available

    How can we buy a new house without tapping out our savings account?

  2. 2
    to create a particular pattern of sounds by hitting a surface gently with your fingers
    1. a.
      to use your fingers to do something such as call a telephone number or write something using a computer keyboard

      I could hear him tapping out another job application.

  3. 3
    American to make you feel very tired

    We were tapped out after a long day of skiing.

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