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  
See at everyone  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
adopt a detached attitude; relax
a lot; very much; in a great quantity; endlessly
[Fig.] E.g. love someone to the moon and back=love someone very much
(colloquially) tattoo on the lower back
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
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)
take credit for another person's accomplishment
get seriously involved in a relationship
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
brought into servitude; slave to someone
someone who works as a dishwasher
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
someone who is always trying to please others
"He`s always been a people pleaser."
polite expression offering to do something for someone
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
caressing someone by touching his/her skin with the eyelashes
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
expression used to label someone as young and unexperienced
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
someone who does not use high-technology items or services on a daily basis
[Slang] "Amish" is the name of a religious group arisen in the 16th century, that resists modern world's changes (including technology, fashion etc.)
1. a fashion enthusiast; someone who sets or follows trends; 2. woman working in the fashion domain (as a designer, journalist, model etc.); 3. woman passionate about shopping;
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
a misfit; something or someone looking/behaving in a manner that comes in contradiction with the general context


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