a pat on the back

noun phrase

Definition of a pat on the back

informal
: a show of praise or approval You all deserve a pat on the back for making this possible. You did a great job, so give yourself a pat on the back.

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“A pat on the back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20pat%20on%20the%20back. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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