To turn or flip a card or playing piece to remind players that it has already been used that turn (by analogy to "tapping," in the sense of drawing on to the point of temporary exhaustion, the resources or abilities represented by the card).
From Middle English tappe, from Old English tæppa, from Proto-Germanic *tappô. The verb is from Middle English tappen, from Old English tæppian, from Proto-Germanic *tappōną, from the noun.
From Middle English tappen, teppen, from Old French tapper, taper, of Germanic origin, from Frankish *tappōn, *dabbōn or from Middle Low German tappen, tapen ; both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dab- ("to strike"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰAbʰ- ("to beat, strike, stun, be speechless"). Related to German tappen ("to grope, fumble"), Icelandic tappa, tapsa, tæpta. Related to dab.
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