Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A layer of leather or wood added to raise the heel of a shoe; a lift.
  • n. A small amount of liquor remaining in a container or drinking vessel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece or wedge that raises the heel of a shoe.
  • n. A small amount of (especially alcoholic) drink remaining at the bottom of a glass.
  • v. To add a piece of leather to the heel of (a shoe, boot, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the segments of leather in the heel of a shoe.
  • n. A small portion of liquor left in a glass after drinking.
  • transitive v. To add a piece of leather to the heel of (a shoe, boot, etc.)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small piece of leather several of which together form the heel of a shoe; a lift. See heel
  • n. The small portion of wine or liquor left in a glass when the main portion has been drunk.
  • To add a piece of leather to the heel of, as a shoe or boot.

Etymologies

heel +‎ tap (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The pilot who weathered the storm tossed off great bumpers of spiritual port; the shade of Dundas did not leave the ghost of a heeltap.

    Vanity Fair

  • 'Toss it off, don't leave any heeltap, scorch your throat and be happy!'

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • "Toss it off, don't leave any heeltap, scorch your throat and be happy!"

    Old Curiosity Shop

  • ‘Toss it off, don’t leave any heeltap, scorch your throat and be happy!’

    The Old Curiosity Shop

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