One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbdapped, daps, dapping[no object]
Fish by letting the fly bob lightly on the water without letting the line touch the water.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There were mayfly still hatching around Oughterard and Cornamona, and dapping produced a few fish.’
- ‘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.’
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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