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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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Sitting in front of a piano, her tiny feet just barely scraping the floor, the girl elegantly taps down on the keys, one of many talents she shares with her brother.
Before playing his next stroke he taps down spike marks in the vicinity of the hole but not on his line of putt.
Andrew Cooper the Clerk of the Course has ten-tatively turned on the taps down the back straight as there has been very little rain in the south.
As he went to the front to win by half a length, Fallon gave the colt three taps down the shoulder with his whip in the banned forehand position.
"Thank you for ringing," says the Captain, "you can be a good excuse for not going down the road to Ludlow as it's much warmer seeing it here and I see Mr McCoy giving one ten taps down at the start- something I used to miss when I was chattering away in the stands.