pat-a-cake
variant of patty-cake

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pat-a-cake — {n.} A clapping game that keeps time to a nursery rhyme. * /Mother played pat a cake with the baby./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pat-a-cake — {n.} A clapping game that keeps time to a nursery rhyme. * /Mother played pat a cake with the baby./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pat-a-cake — noun A clapping game that keeps time to a nursery rhyme. Mother played pat a cake with the baby …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pat-a-cake — /pat euh kayk /, n. a children s game in which a child claps hands alone and with another child while chanting a nursery rhyme. Also, patty cake. [1870 75; after the opening words of a rhyme that accompanies such play] * * * …   Universalium

  • pat-a-cake — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: so called from the opening words of the rhyme : a nursery play in which a child claps his hands to the words of a rhyme in imitation of another s actions …   Useful english dictionary

  • pat-a-cake — noun a children s game with gentle patting in time to the words of a rhyme …   English new terms dictionary

  • Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man — is a traditional English nursery rhyme.:Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker s man.:Bake me a cake as fast as you can.:Pat it and roll it and mark it with B :And put it in the oven for Baby and me.It is often accompanied by hand clapping between two… …   Wikipedia

  • pat|ty-cake — «PAT ee KAYK», noun. = pat a cake. (Cf. ↑pat a cake) …   Useful english dictionary

  • pat·ty-cake — (US)) /ˈpætiˌkeık/ (also pat a cake /ˈpætəˌkeık/ noun [noncount] : a children s game in which two people lightly hit their hands together while singing a short poem (called a nursery rhyme) Let s do/play patty cake …   Useful english dictionary

  • pat — {{11}}pat (adv.) apt, suitably, 1570s, perhaps a special use of PAT (Cf. pat) (n.) in sense of a hitting the mark. The adjective is 1630s, from the adverb. {{12}}pat (n.) c.1400, a blow, stroke, perhaps originally imitative of the sound of… …   Etymology dictionary

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