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    #1

    tap into something larger than himself

    Hi,

    Any politican that gets 70 million votes has tapped into something larger than himself larger than even me as much as I hate to admit it.
    Source: House of Cards (American TV drama)

    What does tap into something larger than himself mean?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: tap into something larger than himself

    See http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tap (Entry #2; Phrasal Verb).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: tap into something larger than himself

    Could you rephrase the phrase "tap into something larger than himself"?

    Take advantage of ? What does "something larger" refer to?

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    Re: tap into something larger than himself

    In this use, "tap into" means "connect with". The something larger is the 70 million voters.

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    #5

    Re: tap into something larger than himself

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In this use, "tap into" means "connect with". The something larger is the 70 million voters.
    Why did he say "than himself"? Thank you!

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    #6

    Re: tap into something larger than himself

    It creates the idea that there something in his message that appeals to a huge population.

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