pit-a-pat
noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1582 pitter-patterpit-a-pat adverb or adjectivepit-a-pat intransitive verb

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  • pit|a|pat — or pit a pat «PIHT uh PAT», adverb, noun, verb, pat|ted, pat|ting. –adv. with a quick succession of beats or taps; flutteringly; patteringly. –n. the movement or sound of something going pitapat; palpitation; pattering …   Useful english dictionary

  • pit-a-pat — (also pitapat) ► ADVERB ▪ with a sound like quick light taps. ► NOUN ▪ a sound of this kind. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • pit-a-pat — pit a .pat adv informal ↑pitter patter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pit-a-pat — pit a ,pat noun singular PITTER PATTER …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pit-a-pat — {adv.} With a series of quick pats. * /When John asked Mary to marry him, her heart went pit a pat./ * /The little boy ran pit a pat down the hall./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pit-a-pat — {adv.} With a series of quick pats. * /When John asked Mary to marry him, her heart went pit a pat./ * /The little boy ran pit a pat down the hall./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pit-a-pat — adv With a series of quick pats. When John asked Mary to marry him, her heart went pit a pat. The little boy ran pit a pat down the hall …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pit-a-pat — adv. & n. (also pitter patter) adv. 1 with a sound like quick light steps. 2 with a faltering sound (heart went pit a pat). n. such a sound. Etymology: imit …   Useful english dictionary

  • pit-a-pat — adverb informal pitter­patter pit a pat noun (singular) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pit a pat — adj. rapid sequence of light taps or beats adv. with quick swift tapping sounds or beats n. series of quick steps or taps or beats; light and repeated sound v. move with a sequence of quick tapping steps; make a tapping sound over and over again …   English contemporary dictionary

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