pat (someone) on the back

Definition of pat (someone) on the back

  1. :  to praise or give credit to (someone) for doing good work They deserve to be patted on the back for the way they've handled this problem. You should pat yourselves on the back for doing such a great job.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a light blow especially with the hand or a flat instrument

    :  a light tapping often rhythmical sound

    :  something (as butter) shaped into a small flat usually square individual portion

  1. :  in a pat manner :  aptly, perfectly

  1. :  to strike lightly with a flat instrument

    :  to flatten, smooth, or put into place or shape with light blows

    :  to tap or stroke gently with the hand to soothe, caress, or show approval

  1. :  exactly suited to the purpose or occasion :  apt

    :  suspiciously appropriate :  contrived

    :  learned, mastered, or memorized exactly

  1. : patent

  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

    :  the body considered as the wearer of clothes

    :  capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. :  to, toward, or at the rear

    :  in or into the past :  backward in time

    :  ago

  1. :  being at or in the back

    :  distant from a central or main area

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

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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