tapped out

adjective

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
Recent Examples on the Web His savings by now tapped out, the Minority Humanitarian Foundation, a small nonprofit that had been assisting him with housing and other aid during his time in Mexico, put him in touch with Miles4Migrants. Washington Post, "How your unneeded travel rewards can make a difference," 14 Jan. 2021 Just days after her son was put on a ventilator at a Twin Cities hospital while battling COVID-19, Valerie Laidlaw tapped out a letter to him on her cellphone. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "'You've got this!' Moorhead mom wrote letter a day to son battling COVID-19," 15 Jan. 2021 The latest Covid-19 development could increase pressure on companies to find more liquidity and, if debt markets get tapped out, may prompt the need to raise further equity, Roeska wrote. Siddharth Vikram Philip, Bloomberg.com, "EasyJet Gains on Deferral of More Airbus Plane Orders," 22 Dec. 2020 The fact is, the state tapped out its UI trust fund in July, Grove said, and has been borrowing from the feds ever since, with a tab now approaching $50 million. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Make a deal on state COVID-19 relief," 11 Dec. 2020 The Lost Wages Assistance program, created by Mr. Trump via executive order in August, is also largely tapped out. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump approves two-day stopgap funding to avert shutdown as spending talks continue," 19 Dec. 2020 Most have tapped out around $4 million on opening weekend. Jake Coyle, chicagotribune.com, "Testing new release strategy, ‘The Croods’ opens to $14.2M at box office," 29 Nov. 2020 Most have tapped out around $4 million on opening weekend. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Testing new release strategy, 'The Croods' opens to $14.2M," 29 Nov. 2020 In May 2012, Brand tapped out a text message to a fencing coach in Virginia. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Maryland executive charged with bribing Harvard fencing coach to guarantee sons’ admission," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of tapped out

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Feb 2021

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“Tapped out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapped%20out. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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