a slap on the back

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a slap on the back

: the act of slapping someone's back usually to express praise or approval
  • He gave me a slap on the back and said "Good job!"

Word by Word Definitions

slap play
  1. : opening, breach

  1. : to strike sharply with or as if with the open hand

  2. : to cause to strike with a motion or sound like that of a blow with the open hand

  3. : to put, place, or throw with careless haste or force

  1. : a quick sharp blow

  2. : a blow with the open hand

  3. : a noise like that of a slap

  1. : directly, smack

back play
  1. : the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

  2. : the body considered as the wearer of clothes

  3. : capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. : to, toward, or at the rear

  2. : in or into the past : backward in time

  3. : to or at an angle off the vertical

  1. : being at or in the back

  2. : distant from a central or main area

  3. : articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth

  1. : to support by material or moral assistance

  2. : substantiate

  3. : to assume financial responsibility for


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