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Main Entry: 1tat·too
Etymology: from earlier taptoo
"a call to go to quarters for the night," from Dutch taptoe
(same meaning), from the phrase tap toe!
"taps shut!," used as a signal that the taps, or faucets, on the wine casks in a barroom were closed for the night
a call sounded shortly before taps as notice to go to quarters2 :
a rapid rhythmic rapping
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