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  • n. Plural form of tapster.


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  • The whole cabinets opened up to future inquiry, how the Republicract tapsters bamboozled their way up by slinking around like rats!

    Excerpt from The Vicious Circulation of Dr Catastrope

  • ` Broken-down tapsters and serving men's sons ', eh?


  • A Cromwell was the cry of the Revolutionaries as they swept towards the Bastille in 1789, we have to fight these tapsters and wastrels in a corrupt Parliament, and reduce their powers over us.

    Euthanasia of Government

  • Which Thomas Erastus objects to Paracelsus, that he would be drinking all day long with carmen and tapsters in a brothel-house, is too frequent among us, with men of better note: like Timocreon of Rhodes, multa bibens, et multa vorans, &c.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • And, after this congenial panegyric, he was proceeding with a tale of a dog and a bull, which threatened to be somewhat of the longest, when he was interrupted by the return of the old crone, and two of his own tapsters, bearing the various kinds of drinkables which he had demanded, and which probably was the only species of interruption he would have endured with equanimity.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Froth, I would not have you acquainted with tapsters: they will draw you, Master Froth, and you will hang them.

    Measure for Measure

  • Thou gavest thine ears like tapsters that bid welcome

    The Life of Timon of Athens

  • He seemed, indeed, to have a pleasure in displaying the alertness with which he could baffle investigation, and amuse himself by putting the curiosity of tapsters and inn-keepers on a false scent.


  • Finally, he turned his admonitions, mixed with much objurgation, upon his tapsters and drawers, who were employed in removing the relics of the entertainment, and restoring order to the apartment; and at length, joining example to precept, though with no good success, he demolished a salver with half a score of glasses, in attempting to show how such service was done at the


  • Agnes had heard of men who used intelligence from tapsters, ostlers, and every variety of rogue to recover stolen property.

    The Thief Taker


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