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pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A bugle call or drum signal sounded at night, as at a military camp, as an order to put out lights and also sounded at military funerals and memorial services.
[Perhaps alteration of taptoo, tattoo, variant of tattoo.]
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n (functioning as singular)
1. (Military) chiefly
a. (in army camps, etc) a signal given on a bugle, drum, etc, indicating that lights are to be put out
b. any similar signal, as at a military funeral
2. (Other Non-sporting Hobbies) (in the Guide movement) a closing song sung at an evening camp fire or at the end of a meeting
[C19: from tap1]
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(used with a sing. or pl. v.) a bugle signal sounded in a camp or military post at night as an order to extinguish all lights.
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taps, last post - Taps, the bugle call for lights out, was originally a drum roll and got its name from the tapping of the drums; taps are also called last post.
See also related terms for lights.
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|Noun||1.||taps - (military) signal to turn the lights out|
bugle call - a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
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