tap out


tapped out; tapping out; taps out

intransitive verb

: to run out of money by betting

Examples of tap out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These programs cap employer contributions at a dollar amount, such as tapping out a match at $6,000 a year, regardless of how much an employee earns or contributes. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 28 May 2024 Not likely to tap out in 2024: spirits with celebrities on board. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 But Universal and Focus have already tapped out of the bidding, sources tell THR. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Apr. 2024 If your all tapped out at $60 Grand then this is the SUV for you. Tony Leopardo, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 Things can become more complex if someone who starts the fight backs off in the middle of it — effectively tapping out. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 8 Mar. 2024 Though the number of agricultural lands dwindles by the year as development pushes east and longtime farming families tap out of the business, glimpses of old rural Florida can still be found in this part of town. Ryan Ballogg, Miami Herald, 29 Feb. 2024 This may come as a surprise, but some of us are tapped out this time of year. Marla Jo Fisher, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Volunteers try to fill the gaps, but even those informal supports are nearly tapped out. Jennifer Greenfield, The Denver Post, 27 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tap out was in 1939

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“Tap out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20out. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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