EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TATTOO
This discoloration was of a livid blue, about the tint of a tattoo mark.
Parker found him no boxer, and beat a tattoo upon his middle.
Felicite, enraged, was beating a tattoo on the shutter with her impatient fingers.
Young Allison was staring at tattoo marks on the right arm of the body.
She'd come on pass from Pindi, an' the Colonel's lady had lint her the tattoo.
Again the tattoo sounded, but as before it produced no results.
My fingers played a tattoo upon a sheet of paper on my desk.
Planting his knuckles on the top of my head, he performed a tattoo with the same all over my head.
Foyle beat a tattoo on the panels with his hands, swaying perilously to and fro the while.
He began to play a tattoo with his fingers on the chimney-piece.
"signal," 1680s, "signal calling soldiers or sailors to quarters at night," earlier tap-to (1644, in order of Col. Hutchinson to garrison of Nottingham), from Dutch taptoe, from tap "faucet of a cask" (see tap (n.1)) + toe "shut." So called because police used to visit taverns in the evening to shut off the taps of casks. Transferred sense of "drumbeat" is recorded from 1755. Hence, Devil's tattoo "action of idly drumming fingers in irritation or impatience" (1803).