pat (someone) on the back definition, pat (someone) on the back meaning | English dictionary




      n   an informal name for an Irishman  
     (from Patrick)  

pat   [1]  
      vb   , pats, patting, patted  
1    to hit (something) lightly with the palm of the hand or some other flat surface  
to pat a ball     
2    to slap (a person or animal) gently, esp. on the back, as an expression of affection, congratulation, etc.  
3    tr   to shape, smooth, etc., with a flat instrument or the palm  
4    intr   to walk or run with light footsteps  
5    pat (someone) on the back         
Informal   to congratulate or encourage (someone)  
6    a light blow with something flat  
7    a gentle slap  
8    a small mass of something  
a pat of butter     
9    the sound made by a light stroke or light footsteps  
10    pat on the back  
Informal   a gesture or word indicating approval or encouragement  
     (C14: perhaps imitative)  
pat   [2]  
1      (Also)    off pat   exactly or fluently memorized or mastered  
he recited it pat     
2    opportunely or aptly  
3    stand pat  
a      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to refuse to abandon a belief, decision, etc.  
b    (in poker, etc.) to play without adding new cards to the hand dealt  
4    exactly right for the occasion; apt  
a pat reply     
5    too exactly fitting; glib  
a pat answer to a difficult problem     
6    exactly right  
a pat hand in poker     
     (C17: perhaps adverbial use (``with a light stroke'') of pat1)  
pat   [3]  
on one's pat     (Austral)  
informal   alone; on one's own  
     (C20: rhyming slang, from Pat Malone)  
      abbrev. for   patent(ed)  
Pat. Off.  
      abbrev. for   Patent Office  
pat. pend.  
      abbrev. for   patent pending  
stand pat  
      vb   intr  
1      (Poker)   to refuse the right to change any of one's cards; keep one's hand unchanged  
2    to resist change or remain unchanged  
  standpatter      n  
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      pron   some person; somebody  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
to pay close attention to (someone or something)
(colloquially) tattoo on the lower back
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
scallion (synonym)
small handbag without handles
(metaphorically) die
casser en (morceaux, deux)
adopt a detached attitude; relax
bitch (alternative term)
acronym of Lunar Module, little vehicle created especially to move on the moon during XXth century 's space conquest.
(metaphorically) manipulation attempt
His speech was nothing but smoke and mirrors
expression used for saying that someone is worth being kept close (as a friend, partner..)
buttocks of (adult) woman
Slang; refers to a person's "bottom," in American English. A bit more polite than "ass," less clinical than "buttocks."
un bon temps (sport)
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
boire quelque chose dans (une tasse)
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
a lot; very much; in a great quantity; endlessly
[Fig.] E.g. love someone to the moon and back=love someone very much
cell mate (in a prison)
(of sound) hollow and deep-sounding
tending to repair (also reparatory)
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