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1‘she turned the cold tap on full’
valve, spout, stopcock, cock, spile
North American faucet, spigot
2‘they were found attempting to place a phone tap in the embassy’
listening device, wiretap, wire, bug, bugging device, hidden microphone, receiver
1‘several barrels had been tapped to celebrate’
draw liquid from, drain, bleed, milk
broach, open, pierce, puncture
2‘in the cellar, butlers were tapping ale’
pour, pour out, draw off, siphon off, pump out, decant, extract, withdraw, remove
3‘the party leaders say that their telephones are tapped’
listen in on, listen in to, wiretap, eavesdrop on, spy on, monitor, overhear
informal bug, snoop on, get on record
4‘its resources were to be tapped for the benefit of all mankind’
draw on, exploit, milk, make use of, put to use, use, utilize, open up, mine, turn to account
1‘there was a sharp tap at the door’
knock, rap, strike, beat, peck
knocking, tapping, rapping, drumming, patter, pattering
2‘Jack was startled by a tap on the shoulder’
touch, pat, nudge, light blow, light slap, jab, poke, dig, shove, pressure
1‘she tapped on Lucy's door’
knock, rap, strike, beat, drum, peck
2‘Dad leant forward and tapped me on the knee’
touch, pat, nudge, strike lightly, slap lightly, jab, poke, dig, shove, hit
1‘there are about half a dozen beers on tap’
on draught, cask-conditioned, real-ale, from barrels, not bottled, not canned
2‘trained staff are on tap from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.’
on hand, to hand, at hand, available, ready, handy, accessible, obtainable, in reserve, standing by
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