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verb (daps, dapping, dapped)

[no object]
Fish by letting the fly (but not the line) bob lightly on the water: dapping was almost a sure-fire method [with object]: he was dapping the fly skilfully
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  • It is documented that fly fishing for pike was popular in the early 1700's in this country, as was dapping for Dace on the Thames in the 1800's.
  • Wet and dry fly, and dapping accounted for all of the fish.
  • The L. Carra Anglers' wet fly and dapping competition was held on Saturday the 9th, and was won by Seán Walsh of Castlebar, who had 4 trout for 5.92 lb.


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1 (usually the dap) A fishing fly used when dapping: most of the fish are being taken on the dap
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  • The big news from the West's main lake is that the Mayfly is up and anglers are beginning to take trout to the dap and to wet fly.
  • A few fish have been taken on the dap, with crickets/grasshoppers doing the business, and the daddy-long-legs should be making an appearance soon.
2 (daps) dialect Rubber-soled shoes: hi-hats and daps are the order of the day
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  • No need whatsoever for a 300 lb deaf muscle man with a good covering of paint and a pair of little green daps to keep his feet from being hurt by stones then.
  • We stock both girl and boys shoes, including slippers and daps.
  • Black daps or ballet shoes are required all year for Dance and Movement.


mid 17th century (as a verb): symbolic of a flicking movement, similar to dab1.

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