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zap (3) American English

Meaning: to control an appliance like a TV with a hand-held device

For example:

  • People are getting lazy because they don't have to get up to change the TV channel or turn on the air-conditioner. They can just zap them instead.

  • Why are we watching the ads? Gimme the zapper and I'll zap 'em.

Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If you can change the TV channel by zapping, you can do it
  1. without thinking
  2. without watching
  3. without getting up

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