He was taking twenty 80mg tabs of Oxy a day!Did he have any sober periods?
The culture of tabs and paps was as nothing compared to the engulfing negative zone it has become.
And From the Department of British Tabloids The World Cup is pretty much over, as far as the tabs are concerned.
"small flap," c.1600, possibly a dialectal word, of uncertain origin. Often interchangeable with tag (n.1). Cf. also Middle English tab "strap or string" (mid-15c.), Norwegian dialectal tave "piece of cloth, rag."
"account, bill, check," 1888, American English colloquial, probably a shortened form of tabulation or of tablet in the sense of "a sheet for writing on." Figurative phrase keep a tab on is recorded from 1890.
"to designate, label," 1924, perhaps an alteration of tag (v.2). Related: Tabbed; tabbing.
To go from table to table in a restaurant, nightclub, etc, visiting and chatting: Linda goes to Elaine's to table-hop, not to eat (1956+)
: They turned it into a T and A shownoun phrase
A display of female bosoms and bottoms; a show featuring such display; cheesecake: the realm of feminine esthetics or, as it is known in the profession, TA/ To enliven their product they call for T and A (1972+)
[fr tits plus ass]
The bill or check for something, esp for food or drink: three-or four-hundred-dollar tabs for unpaid liquor (1942+)noun
A written acknowledgment of debt; iou: They're liable to go out and stick up a bank if they owe you a tab (1950s+)Related Terms
[origin unknown; perhaps a shortening of tabulation]
To identify or designate; label: I tabbed him immediately as a crook
[1924+; fr tab, ''a tied-on baggage label,'' of unknown origin; perhaps an alteration of tag]