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Main Entry: 1tat·too
Pronunciation: ta-primarystress
Function: noun
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
1 : a call sounded shortly before taps as notice to go to quarters
2 : a rapid rhythmic rapping

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