tap down

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tap down

To drive or pack something down by repeatedly striking it lightly and swiftly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tap" and "down." Just tap the piece down gently. You could break the whole machine if you hit it too hard. He tapped down the tobacco into his pipe and lit it with a match.
See also: down, tap

tap something down

to pound something down with light blows. Please tap that nail down so no one gets hurt on it. Tap down the tack, if you would.
See also: down, tap
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Tools Use a builders' square and spirit level to position your slabs then tap them down gently with a rubber mallet so you don't damage or chip them.
Place the screws in their holes and tap them down to mark the pilot hole locations on the top supports.