tap in

tap in

1. To force something into something else by tapping it with light blows. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tap" and "in." You want the peg to fit snugly, so just tap it in with your hammer. The carpenter set about tapping in shims to make the new wall level.
2. To strike a ball without great effort or difficulty to put it in the desired place, such as the net or hole. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tap" and "in." The golfer got the ball within a foot of the hole from the fairway, then tapped it in for a birdie. The forward drew the goalie out of the box and then passed to her teammate, who tapped in the ball for an easy goal.
3. To gain access to some area or system by tapping an electronic card, fob, or similar item on a designated wireless reader. Please remember to tap in before you start your shift, or your hours will not be counted correctly. If you load your travel card up with credit, then you can tap in at any station without having to worry about having the correct amount of change for a ticket.
4. To enter some information very quickly on a keyboard or keypad. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tap" and "in." Just open up the app and tap in your PIN number. The website will ask you to tap some personal details in before your account is created.
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tap-in

A light strike of a ball without great effort or difficulty to put it in the net or hole. The golfer got the ball within a foot of the hole from the fairway, then secured a birdie with a quick tap-in. The forward drew the goalie out of the box and then passed to her teammate, whose easy tap-in put them in the lead for the first time in the match.
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And boss Stevie Aitken said: "You won't see a better hat-trick.I know the first was a tap in but the second was a great header and the third a terrific finish on the volley.
Jose Dominguez came off the bench to tap in the third in injury time and it was his effort that prompted Graham to criticise Ginola.
"Whether it's a tap in, or off your ear it doesn't matter once it goes in."
Laird wrapped up a fine display five minutes from time when Chris Nezianya in a one to one with the Brigg keeper selflessly knocked the ball sideways to give Hay the simplest of tap ins for his brace.
But United soon found themselves behind when Dean Roberts had the simplest of tap ins from Mark Wolsey's driven cross in the 13th minute.
The home side seized on a poor Padraig Nugent kick out to pounce for the opening goal of the game - Sam Mulroy teeing up Andy McDonnell for the easiest of tap ins at the back post.
Bryan Jurynec got two tap ins, one the fruit of industry in the corner, the other a break by Jerramie Domish after Cardiff turned the puck over with a two man advantage.
The Derbyshire outfit took the lead in this UniBond League Premier Division match after ten minutes when a defensive error gave Simon Barraclough the simplest of tap ins.
That howler was easily matched at the other end after 22 minutes when Matt Hamshaw's pass somehow sailed over the head of Shrewsbury's 6ft 6ins goalkeeper Scott Bevan giving a thankful Michael Boulding the easiest of tap ins.
Barry did find an equaliser between those Neath goals, following a mix-up between central defender Stephen Evans and goalkeeper Huw Liddell which allowed Fran Ford the simplest of tap ins.
The big Belgian was the Bayern Munich goalkeeper who ran to his near post like Dale Winton waving off his mum,giving Gray and Sharp tap ins on Goodison's greatest night.
The hitman netted his hat-trick with two goals in five minutes - both close-range tap ins.
It was tough on Adders but they did not heed the lesson again allowing Seedel far too much time and space in after the break and he picked out Steve Eyango-Bwango for the simplest of tap ins.