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

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Pat

  

      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)  
      n  
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]  
      adv  
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  
      adj  
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]  
      n  
on one's pat     (Austral)  
informal   alone; on one's own  
     (C20: rhyming slang, from Pat Malone)  
pat.  
      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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someone  
      pron   some person; somebody  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
adopt a detached attitude; relax
adv.
a lot; very much; in a great quantity; endlessly
[Fig.] E.g. love someone to the moon and back=love someone very much
exp.
(colloquially) tattoo on the lower back
exp.
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
exp.
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)
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
exp.
get seriously involved in a relationship
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
n.
someone who talks too much
[Australia] ; [NZ]
exp.
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
[Slang];[UK]
exp.
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.
adj.
brought into servitude; slave to someone
n.
someone who works as a dishwasher
[Slang]
exp.
deliberately make things difficult for someone; sabotage
adv.
someone who is always trying to please others
"He`s always been a people pleaser."
n.
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
exp.
polite expression offering to do something for someone
exp.
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
n.
someone who loves being in the sun, sunbathing etc
exp.
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.
exp.
caressing someone by touching his/her skin with the eyelashes
exp.
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
exp.
expression used to label someone as young and unexperienced
v.
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.
exp.
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.
v.
to lie lazily (in the sun): lizards bask on rocks, people bask on beaches. Also fig: to bask in someone's reflected glory; to bask in media attention.
exp.
expression used for saying that someone is worth being kept close (as a friend, partner..)
exp.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.

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