One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbdapped, daps, dapping[no object]
Fish by letting the fly (but not the line) bob lightly on the water.‘dapping was almost a sure-fire method’with object ‘he was dapping the fly skilfully’
- ‘Wet and dry fly, and dapping accounted for all of the fish.’
- ‘The L. Carra Anglers' wet fly and dapping competition was held on Saturday the 9th, and was won by Seán Walsh of Castlebar, who had 4 trout for 5.92 lb.’
- ‘There were mayfly still hatching around Oughterard and Cornamona, and dapping produced a few fish.’
- ‘It is documented that fly fishing for pike was popular in the early 1700's in this country, as was dapping for Dace on the Thames in the 1800's.’
- ‘Anglers who dapped the mayfly had plenty of action, while others caught quite a few using dry mayfly patterns.’
- ‘September is always a better month on the lough for both dapping and wet fly, so with a change in weather conditions anglers can expect much better fishing.’
1usually the dapA fishing fly used when dapping.‘most of the fish are being taken on the dap’
- ‘The big news from the West's main lake is that the Mayfly is up and anglers are beginning to take trout to the dap and to wet fly.’
- ‘A few fish have been taken on the dap, with crickets/grasshoppers doing the business, and the daddy-long-legs should be making an appearance soon.’
2dapsBritish dialect Rubber-soled shoes.‘hi-hats and daps are the order of the day’
- ‘We stock both girl and boys shoes, including slippers and daps.’
- ‘Black daps or ballet shoes are required all year for Dance and Movement.’
- ‘To help young children to change quickly from shoes to plimsolls (pumps, daps, gym shoes, trainers - whatever they are called in your part of the world), use elastic instead of laces.’
- ‘In Bandolier's young days, training shoes consisted of black canvas uppers and flat rubber soles, and were called daps.’
- ‘No need whatsoever for a 300 lb deaf muscle man with a good covering of paint and a pair of little green daps to keep his feet from being hurt by stones then.’
Mid 17th century (as a verb): symbolic of a flicking movement, similar to dab.
An elaborate handshake that typically involving slapping palms, bumping fists, or snapping fingers.‘I knew I had done something right when one of the students put out his hand for some dap’‘Lance stopped to sign autographs and give dap to folks’‘everybody laughed and gave daps and high fives’
1970s: of uncertain origin; perhaps from tap or dab.
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