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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While firefighters tapped out the blaze around 1:45 p.m., tensions heated outside the garage as students and faculty were blocked from getting their undamaged vehicles out. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "11 vehicles catch fire at University of Houston," 26 Apr. 2018 By the end of the nine months I was emotionally tapped out. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "5 Women Get Candid About Why They Chose to Carry Someone Else’s Child," 1 Oct. 2018 The Yankees are better suited to acquiring outside help thanks to their deep pockets and bountiful farm system, while Boston is mostly tapped out financially and prospect-wise. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of tapped out

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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