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Meaning of “taps” in the English Dictionary

"taps" in British English

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tapsnoun [U]

US
a ​tune that is ​played on a bugle at ​militaryfuneral and when it is ​time for ​soldiers to go ​bed
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(Definition of taps from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tapsplural noun

 us   /tæps/
a ​musicalsignalplayed at ​militaryfunerals and in the ​evening to ​tellsoldiers that ​lights are to go off: We ​heard the ​bugleplaying taps.
(Definition of taps from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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