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noun     tap pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable]Sound effect the action or sound of touching someone or something gently

    I felt a tap on my shoulder.

    A few taps with a hammer and it was fixed.

  2. 2
    [countable] an object used for controlling how much liquid or gas comes out of a pipe or container
    1. a.
      [countable] an object used for letting beer out of a keg
    2. b.
      British a faucet that controls the water coming out of a pipe
  3. 3
    [countable] electronic equipment used for listening secretly to someone’s telephone conversations

    She suspected they’d put a tap on her phone.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] informal tap dancing

    My daughter takes ballet and tap.


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