On tap

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On tap

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:18 pm

Hi you guys! The following conversation happens at a pub. I checked the meaning of "on tap" online and two meanings show up below. Which meaning is the most suitable in this context?

1. Lit. having to do with beer served from a barrel or keg.
2. Fig. immediately available.

Waitress: What can I get you?
Man: Whatever's on tap.

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan
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Re: On tap

Post by tony h » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:33 pm

1, which includes 2 :)

The link below shows the pulling of a traditional English beer. You see a lot of mavericks pulling too fast and over-filling.

https://youtu.be/T51GIF7W_-c

I remember walking 30 miles one day to get to my lodgings and then finding there was a pub 4 miles away with Theakston's on draught. Another eight miles seemed a reasonable bargain for a drop of Old Peculiar.
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Re: On tap

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:14 pm

Beats walking a mile for a Camel.
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Re: On tap

Post by trolley » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:36 pm

...but if you did, you could ride the other seven miles.
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Re: On tap

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:59 pm

Thank you all so so much
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Re: On tap

Post by Wizard of Oz » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:13 pm

Steve in Aus we widen the use of this idiom as in the following,

A. Where Are you going?
B. To the beach.
A. Why?
B. To see Mary. She's always on tap for the boys.

WoZ on tap for the girls
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Re: On tap

Post by tony h » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:14 pm

Wizard of Oz wrote:B. To see Mary. She's always on tap for the boys.
I am just wondering what sort of reputation Mary has? I read the phrase as, and I put this bluntly, "Mary is always ready/looking to have sex with boys".

In the UK that use of "on tap" tends to mean "freely and liberally available ". eg "Wales a place where fresh air and rain are on tap" or "Ronnie Scotts a great evening out with great music on tap".
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Re: On tap

Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:28 pm

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire had a fantastic repertoire of dance moves on tap.
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