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tap the admiral

To drink directly (and secretly) from a cask, as if by a straw and gimlet. The phrase refers to British admiral Horatio Nelson, whose corpse was transported to England in a liquor-filled cask that is said to have arrived empty of liquor. Someone must have tapped the admiral because we are out of liquor already!
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tap (one) for (something)

To select someone for some particular opportunity, especially to take up a specific role, position, or purpose. Often used in passive constructions. The decorated general has been tapped by the president for the position of Secretary of State. I can't believe the boss tapped me for the big promotion!
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tap into (something)

To access some large, abundant, or powerful resource. The man was found guilty for illegally tapping into the city's electrical grid without paying. The new film taps into the nostalgia of fans who grew up with the franchise when they were kids.
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tap out

1. To remove something from a container by tapping it against one's hand or some other surface. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tap" and "out." She tapped a bit of powdered sugar out of the bag. Make sure to tap out the ashes before you load the pipe with fresh tobacco.
2. To empty a container by tapping it against one's hand or some other surface. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tap" and "out." He began tapping the cup out over the garden to get all the worms out and into the soil. He sat tapping out his pipe as he stared into the fire.
3. To create something by making tapping noises. He tapped out a beat for me to play the tune to on my guitar. I realized that he was tapping out a message in Morse code.
4. In a combat sport, such as wrestling, judo, or mixed martial arts, to indicate one's submission to one's opponent by tapping on the mat. Moving like lightning, the fighter got her opponent in a chokehold in the first couple minutes of the match, causing her to tap out almost immediately. Many people suspected that he had thrown the match judging by how quickly he tapped out.
5. To deplete the resources of someone, something, or oneself. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tap" and "out." Often used in passive constructions. The freak snow storm quickly tapped out the city's meager supply of salt used to keep the roads free of ice. That unlucky streak at the blackjack table tapped me out.
See also: out, tap

tap out

1. Sl. to lose one's money in gambling or in the securities markets. I'm gonna tap out in about three more rollsjust watch. I really tapped out on that gold-mining stock.
2. Sl. to die; to expire. My dog tapped out after being hit by a car. Mary was so tired that she thought she was going to tap out.
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tap something out

1. Lit. to clean something, as the ashes out of a pipe, by tapping. He took the pipe out of his mouth and tapped the ashes out. He tapped out the soil from the flower pot.
2. Fig. to send a message in Morse code, as on a telegraph. The telegraph operator tapped a message out and waited for a reply. The operator tapped out a message.
3. Fig. to thump the rhythm of a piece of music [on something]. Tap the rhythm out until you get it right. Let's tap out the rhythm together.
See also: out, tap

tap out

1. To produce something with a succession of light taps: She tapped out a rhythm with her pencil. The captain tapped out a distress signal in Morse code. I tapped the letter out on my computer.
2. To submit in a fight, wrestling match, or other contest by tapping the ground with the hand: Unable to free himself from the choke hold, the wrestler tapped out.
3. Baseball To hit the ball weakly so that one is put out at first base: The batter tapped out, and the inning was over. The hitter tapped out with a ground ball to third base.
4. To deplete some resource or the resources of someone or something: The hurricane tapped out the city's emergency funds. The medical expenses tapped us out. The housing market is tapped out now that so many new houses have been built.
See also: out, tap

tap out

1. in. to lose one’s money gambling or in the securities markets. (see also tapped.) I’m gonna tap out in about three more rolls—just watch. I really tapped out on that gold-mining stock.
2. in. to die; to expire. Mary was so tired that she thought she was going to tap out.
See also: out, tap
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The adjustable tension/compression version is ideally suited for tapping applications that require a short, compact tension/compression holder to offset feed-lead discrepancies.
These tapholders with integral V-flange shanks are available in #40 and #50 taper styles, and in three sizes covering a full range of tapping applications.
We can go within half a thread of the bottom on blind holes with a single pass versus the need for several tapping operations.
People use thread milling for a higher quality thread when they've had a hard time tapping or maintaining thread finishes in materials such as stainless, Inconel, Hastelloy, or Monel.
There have been previous nonreversing tapping tools that you can run coolant through," says Mark Johnson, Tapmatic chief engineer, "but they required reversing the machine spindle.
This approximates rigid tapping where the spindle drives the tap directly with no interceding tapping unit.
One of the benefits of a self-reversing tool over rigid tapping is that the machine spindle is always going the same speed and in the same direction.
So, the tapping unit gives you greater speed, tool life, and spindle life, and I'm sure you'd much rather wear out a tapping attachment than the machine spindle.
Unlike the simpler manual tapping units that use clutch pressure to tell the operator when to replace dull taps, Tapmatic's tapping units for CNC machines do not.
Is there a difference between the ideal metalcutting fluid and the ideal tapping fluid?
You use an M-code to turn off coolant and turn on this unit to shoot out cutting oil for the tapping operation.
By tailoring the tap closely to very specific tapping situations, we can exceed a conventional tap's life by a factor of 20 to 50 times, at a cost increase per tool of three or four times.
Based in Germany, Emuge stocks as many a 240 different taps in a given thread diameter to cover all the tapping situations they envision.
Mr Matysiak sees continuing improvement in tapping speeds, and feels that even high-speed reversing can be done by the machine spindle.