Definition of a pat on the back in English:

a pat on the back

phrase

  • An expression of approval or congratulation.

    ‘they deserve a pat on the back for a job well done’
    • ‘So keep these tools in an accessible place nearby for those times when you can use a round of applause or a pat on the back.’
    • ‘But the loons and quines on the Press & Journal deserve a pat on the back.’
    • ‘He congratulated me with a pat on the back, a flush spreading across his face.’
    • ‘He has worked a lot with Craig and deserves a pat on the back for bringing him on so well.’
    • ‘Cheers to everyone who clicked, you deserve a pat on the back.’
    • ‘When players recovered from knocks they were more often than not helped to their feet by the opposition, an act sometimes accompanied by a pat on the back.’
    • ‘We hope all those publishers who turned the book down give themselves a pat on the back for yet another job well done.’
    • ‘For finishing first place in a Scottish Hillrally you receive a hearty round of applause and a pat on the back.’
    • ‘Another part of the job he really likes: Giving a deserving kid a pat on the back.’
    • ‘Instead, the party gave itself a pat on the back, expressing pride in its achievements.’
    • ‘He finally made his mark with three runs which brought cheers from the crowd and a pat on the back from Atherton.’
    • ‘The Road Service certainly deserve a pat on the back for the way they gritted the road through the Village the night that the snow fell.’
    • ‘Journal readers can give themselves a pat on the back for helping to raise enough money to start rebuilding a village that was washed away by the tsunami.’
    • ‘A blackburn school is one of a handful nationwide to be given a pat on the back for the ninth-year running by a leading skills agency.’
    • ‘Remember, too, that a pat on the back for a job well done can often be appreciated as much as incentives.’
    • ‘Festival Place should give everyone a pat on the back for such a wonderful job they did in order for the evening to run so smoothly.’
    • ‘Also give yourself a pat on the back for answers you know you got right, and forgive yourself for those you messed up.’
    • ‘Those of you who rightly guessed that it comes from Henry VIII, act II, scene IV may give yourselves a pat on the back.’
    • ‘The two pubs are quite different and York Brewery deserves a pat on the back for daring to be a real ale pub offering chrome and sofas alongside pianos and barrels.’
    • ‘We are given a conscientious restoration, a commentary, and a pat on the back, which is enough for me.’
    praise, congratulations, commendation, applause, salutes, honour, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, cheers, ovation, accolade, plaudits, felicitations
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