[Ads-l] double-tap

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 12 12:10:16 EDT 2019


Here is a 1997 book that employed "double tap" as a noun and
hyphenated "double-tap" as a verb.

Year: 1997
Book Title: Nowhere To Hide
Author: James Elliott
Quote Page 35 and 174
Simon & Schuster, New York
(Internet Archive; verified with scans)

[Begin excerpt on page 35]
Again, nothing was disturbed. "Ten to one it was a hit."
"No gun near the body," O'Brien said, leaning in to get a good look at
the side-by-side entry wounds in Onorati's forehead. "Double tap to
the head. kind of rules out a suicide, huh?"
[End excerpt on page 35]

[Begin excerpt on page 174]
Falconetti saw Totani nod briefly to Johnnie Socks, who still stood
behind him, holding the tip of the silencer to the back of his head.
Falconetti closed his eyes, waiting for the gunshot he knew he would
never hear before it killed him.
“Open your eyes. Tommy. It isn’t over yet. You think I’m gonna have
Johnnie double-tap you in the back of the head, don’t you?”
Falconetti opened his eyes, half-believing he was getting a
last-second reprieve.
[End excerpt on page 174]

My search was not thorough. In fact, I only searched for the phrase
"Double tap to the head".

Garson

On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 11:46 AM Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> FWIW, Moore's 2003 ex. of the verb, the subject of the OP, appears to be
> the earliest in Google Books as well.
>
> JL
>
> On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 11:41 AM Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I recall hearing it in "Zombieland" (2009), in the opening sequence
> > where the voiceover lists the rules for living/staying alive in Zland
> > - there it meant add a second bullet, in case the first just wounds
> > the zombie. The underlying story was written in 2005, though not sure
> > if the rules were written then. As it happens, a sequel, Zombieland:
> > Double Tap, is set to be released on October 18, 2019.
> >
> > On Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 6:59 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > The term in its literal meaning was popularized by reporting on the Bin
> > > Laden Raid of 2011.
> > >
> > > JL
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