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    what is "waste-tap"?

    Hi.
    I am curious to know what "waste-tap" means in the following passage.

    Idly he turned the cold-tap of the bath, and the water began to rush in. He turned off the cold-tap and turned on the waste-tap, and as he did so his knee, which was pressing against the panelling, slipped forward....Racksole tried to repeat the trick with the waste-tap, but he failed; it would not work again, nor could he in any way perceive that there was any connection between the rod of the waste-tap and the hasp of the panel.
    (Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett)

    Is "waste-tap" a device which can operate the opening and closing of the drain outlet inside the bath? Strangely I cannot find this word in any dictionaries I have. I appreciate any comments. Thank you.

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    Re: what is "waste-tap"?

    I think your guess must be right. I've never met such a bath.

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    Re: what is "waste-tap"?

    Here in the Czech Republic we often have a plunger next to (or between) the hot and cold taps. Pulling it lowers the plug when we want water to stay in the sink/basin/bath; pressing on it raises the plug to let the water run away. Perhaps this might be called a 'waste-tap'. I have never come across the term, but it seems to fit.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Jun-2012 at 10:23. Reason: typo

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    Re: what is "waste-tap"?

    Thank you very much for your helpful comments, BobK and 5jj!

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    Re: what is "waste-tap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Here in the Czech Republic we often have a plunger next to (or between) the hot and cold taps. Pulling it lowers the plug when we want water to stay in the sink/basin/bath; pressing on it raises the plug to let the water run away. Perhaps this might be called a 'waste-tap'. I have never come across the term, but it seems to fit.
    I've seen those here too, though I wouldn't call it a 'tap'. Maybe Arnold Bennett would.

    b

    PS: Just thought - there is something called a 'waste tRap' - commonly known, in its simplest form as a 'U-bend'... No, it can't be that (you don't turn one on) - as you were
    Last edited by BobK; 24-Jun-2012 at 11:02. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: what is "waste-tap"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I've seen those here too, though I wouldn't call it a 'tap'. Maybe Arnold Bennett would.

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    It has just occurred to me that that some old-style bath tubs
    might actually have had a tap to let the water out conveniently.

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    Re: what is "waste-tap"?

    Sounds possible.

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