tapped out


Definition of tapped out 

1 : out of money : broke

2 : spent, exhausted tapped out after months on the road

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Examples of tapped out in a Sentence

the prosecutor was mentally and physically tapped out after the long trial

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Another blast from the past is a working telegraph that taps out Morse code messages from freight trains. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball to unveil model railroads that depict its history," 7 July 2018 The reason: as an indigent plaintiff, Jameson could not afford to hire a certified court reporter — the people who sit at small machines in front of the judge and tap out a verbatim account of the proceedings. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "State high court strikes down rule requiring poor to pay for own court reporter in civil courts," 6 July 2018 After Broxton and Saladino pulled off a double steal, getting such big jumps there was no throw, Erik Kratz tapped out to third base, sending home the go-ahead run. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Braves 2: Jhoulys Chacín gives a weary bullpen some rest with 7 strong innings," 5 July 2018 Visitors can tap out a melody on the xylophone made of bamboo stalks of varying sizes. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Jug Bay set to unveil trails, Nature Discovery Place at new Waysons Corner preserve," 4 July 2018 For whatever reason, people find a harried grad student tapping out Morse code in 2018 to be riotously hilarious. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "9 Writers on the Most Outrageous Ways They’ve Procrastinated," 18 June 2018 Daniel Bryan beat Big Cass for the second straight month, forcing him to tap out once again. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Braun Strowman becomes 'Monster in the Bank'," 18 June 2018 Bryan tapped out Big Cass in an entertaining 16-minute match. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Key Takeaways From WWE's Money in the Bank," 18 June 2018 Or maybe not: The first manufactured devices actually used a couple of telegraph keys for the callers to tap out the numbers. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Kansas City has been dialed in to telephone innovations from the very beginning," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of tapped out

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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