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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Heel-tap a small quantity of beer or spirits left in the glass after drinking
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héla; Dut. hiel.


In literature:

No heel-taps after, and no daylight before.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Rattle-de-tap, went four feet with steel-capped heels over the old shady porch, and bang!
"Six Girls" by Fannie Belle Irving
As I pass along the world, I am Joy tapping the earth with happy heels.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
He threw away two of them, tapped his heels for luck and grinned complacently at the Denver pitcher.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Eleanor heard the muffled tap of her heels in the hall.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
I am ready to give him satisfaction when he likes, and where he likes, and no heel-taps!
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Well, well, I'll throw this heel-tap on the ground, For it may be they are thirsty.
"In The Seven Woods" by William Butler (W.B.) Yeats
Once one roused to the sharp tapping of her heels, stared insolently and, as she passed, spoke to her in a thick, rough voice.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
Black boots, with fair tops and brass heel-taps, that will make a gentleman of you as soon as you put them on.
"The Red Moccasins" by Morrison Heady
The pages' room was empty, and the corridors laughed to our heel taps as if mocking the dancers.
"The Sentimental Vikings" by Richard Voorhees Risley
I give you Ben, our blooming Benjamin and no heel-taps!
"Our Admirable Betty" by Jeffery Farnol
The three had nearly finished breakfast when there came a tapping of quick heels on the stairs.
"Paradise Bend" by William Patterson White
And Buheyseh is, bound by bound, but a horse-length off at last, For the Pearl has missed the tap of the heel, the touch of the bit.
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
On your feet, Peter, old man, and with no heel-taps, I give you 'the new Peer!
"The Sins of the Children" by Cosmo Hamilton
Talk and jeering laugh grew louder as potations followed on the heel-taps of their predecessors.
"A Trooper Galahad" by Charles King
For the sound was a tapping, such as a woman's heels may make upon a polished floor.
"The Courtship of Morrice Buckler" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
Up with you, Sir John, if you please, and let us be gone with the fog, and no heel-taps!
"Shrewsbury" by Stanley J. Weyman
We crossed this place, my heel taps echoing hollowly and before a curtained door took pause.
"Tales of Secret Egypt" by Sax Rohmer
Well, well, I'll throw this heel-tap on the ground, For it may be they are thirsty.
"The King's Threshold; and On Baile's Strand" by William Butler Yeats
Once the cobbled road before its doors had clinked to the heel-taps of smart carriage horses.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb

In poetry:

With slap and tap of unshod heels
We followed one by one,
And fifty sets of idling wheels
Were twinkling in the sun.
"When Old Man Carey Died" by John O Brien

In news:

Ballet Folklorico La Paloma's heel tapping dances united the world while giving hope to future generations.
You wouldn't know it by watching the Olympics that a ballet folklorico group from Tucson performed their heel tapping dances in front of thousands of people from all over the world.