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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.
See also: tap

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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