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1. Lit. having to do with beer served from a barrel or keg. Do you have any imported beers on tap here? I like beer on tap. The canned stuff tastes funny to me.
2. Fig. immediately available. I have just the kind of person you're talking about on tap. The cook has any kind of food you might want on tap.
Available for immediate use, ready, as in We have two more trumpeters on tap for the parade. This metaphoric expression alludes to a beverage such as beer that is ready to be drawn from a cask. [Mid-1800s]
1. If something is on tap, it is easily available. Because of their close links with the university, these local businesses have a wealth of knowledge on tap. The advantage of group holidays is company on tap but time alone if you want it.
2. If an event or activity is on tap, it has been arranged to happen very soon. More military and medical experiments are on tap for Atlantis astronauts today. It's Detroit against Chicago and Dallas against Pittsburgh in the two pro football games on tap this afternoon. Note: If drink such as beer is available on tap, it is kept in a barrel fitted with a tap, so it can be used as required.
1. mod. having to do with beer sold from a barrel or keg. Do you have any imported beers on tap here?
2. mod. immediately available. I have just the kind of person you’re talking about on tap.