pat on the back
phrasal an expression of approval

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pat on the back — pat (someone) on the back a pat on the back if you give someone a pat on the back, you praise them for something good that they have done. Too many people are patting the players on the back and telling them how great they are …   New idioms dictionary

  • pat on the back — phrasal : applaud, approve, encourage made speeches to him, patted him on the back, told him what a priceless fellow he was H.A.Overstreet * * * pat on the back A mark of encouragement or approbation • • • Main Entry: ↑pat * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • pat\ on\ the\ back — I. v. phr. 1. To clap lightly on the back in support, encouragement, or praise. The coach patted the player on the back and said a few encouraging words. 2. To make your support or encouragement for (someone) felt; praise. After he won the game,… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pat on the back — praise, a compliment, tip of the hat    Chaya s compliment was like a pat on the back. She praised my work …   English idioms

  • pat on the back — praise He gave me a pat on the back after I finished the project …   Idioms and examples

  • pat on the back — noun praise; congratulations Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done …   Wiktionary

  • pat on the back —  Support; to encourage.  ► “Unfortunately, not everyone knows what constitutes recognition, or what, if any, awards should accompany that pat on the back.” (Incentive, March 1995, p. 62) …   American business jargon

  • pat on the back — Lenny s fellow students were eager to pat him on the back for his amazing test scores Syn: congratulate, praise, take one s hat off to; commend, compliment, applaud, acclaim …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • pat on the back — tap lightly on the back in an indication of praise; praise for a job well done …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pat on the back — Synonyms and related words: abet, aid and abet, ask for, assurance, assure, bear up, best wishes, bless, blessing, bolster, brace up, buck up, cheer, comfort, compliment, condole with, congratulate, congratulation, console, countenance, ease,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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