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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tap the Admiral.
To suck liquor from a cask by a straw. Hotten says it was first done with the rum-cask in which the body of Admiral Lord Nelson was brought to England, and when the cask arrived the admiral was found “high and dry.”   1

 Taou.Tap the Till (To). 

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