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
(of sound) hollow and deep-sounding
piegamento in avanti (in piedi)
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
someone who talks too much
[Australia] ; [NZ]
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
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.
brought into servitude; slave to someone
someone who works as a dishwasher
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
the process of using the knowledge or information you have in order to understand something or form an opinion, or the opinion that you form ()
I have to make deductions about the meaning of words in poem then, I could understand more.
series of functions performed by an electronic system independently of (not connected to) the cyberspace.
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