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tap (one) to (do something)
To select someone to perform or undertake some specific action. Often used in passive constructions. The decorated attorney has been tapped by the president to lead the investigation. I can't believe the boss tapped me to run the new office in London!
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tap someone (for something)
to select someone for some purpose or position. The committee tapped John to run for Congress. I had thought they were going to tap Sally.
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