a pat on the back

noun phrase

: 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.

Examples of a pat on the back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was given a pat on the back by all of us at Virgin Australia. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Apr. 2024 And then to have my kids give me a pat on the back and say, ‘Yes, this does feel authentic,’ was similarly wonderful. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Follow the steps below, then give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 Stefanovic came over to console him with a pat on the back going into a timeout. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Times have changed—don’t expect a pat on the back for doing what your father didn’t. Beth Ann Mayer, Parents, 16 Oct. 2023 The determined, one-way dramatic escalation has built to a lot of dress-up for what is, functionally, a pat on the back. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 16 Sep. 2023 And each of these lessons is put into action when parents send their children up to the ice cream man alone, with only a few crinkly dollar bills and a pat on the back to carry them through. Camryn Brewer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 During the Vanity Fair interview, Eilish also opened up about her and Rutherford's courtship, giving herself a pat on the back for her determination. USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2023

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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 17 Jun. 2024.

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