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 Chicago’s population has declined for each of the past four years, and taxpayers are getting tapped out. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Chicago’s Puerto Rican Bonds," 31 Jan. 2020 The office is a suitable place for tapping out emails, but so is the bed, or the toilet. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "With a Phone, Are You Ever Really Somewhere?," 16 Jan. 2020 Moreover, market watchers warn that Peloton may be tapping out potential customers and over-estimating its growth potential. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "This time, for sure! Ars Technica’s 2020 Deathwatch," 2 Jan. 2020 When this non-typical taped out at more than 407 whopping points, something just didn’t sit right. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Mule Deer of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 Today, frankincense trees are stressed, overcut, and tapped out for a booming essential oils market, reports Rachel Fobar, of Nat Geo’s Wildlife Watch unit. National Geographic, "How many species haven't we found yet?," 26 Dec. 2019 Nate Diaz taps out Conor McGregor at UFC 196 With Conor McGregor's star power at its peak, in stepped a fan-favorite anti-hero who seemingly willed a fight into existence with an expletive-laden callout on national TV. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "From TV deals to Ronda Rousey's UFC debut: Here are 10 defining moments in MMA over past decade," 10 Dec. 2019 Johnston accessed Zghoul’s phone and tapped out a message to her mother. oregonlive, "Sara Zghoul’s killer sentenced to life; withholds crucial info about her dismembered remains," 5 Dec. 2019 Then, in the main event, Shayna Baszler won her triple-threat match cleanly, by forcing Bayley to tap out. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "WWE: What does NXT’s victory on ‘Survivor Series’ mean?," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of tapped out

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Feb 2020

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“Tapped out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapped%20out. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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