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’
    • ‘We are given a conscientious restoration, a commentary, and a pat on the back, which is enough for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another part of the job he really likes: Giving a deserving kid a pat on the back.’
    • ‘For finishing first place in a Scottish Hillrally you receive a hearty round of applause and a pat on the back.’
    • ‘Those of you who rightly guessed that it comes from Henry VIII, act II, scene IV may give yourselves a pat on the back.’
    • ‘Also give yourself a pat on the back for answers you know you got right, and forgive yourself for those you messed up.’
    • ‘Cheers to everyone who clicked, you deserve a pat on the back.’
    • ‘He has worked a lot with Craig and deserves a pat on the back for bringing him on so well.’
    • ‘Instead, the party gave itself a pat on the back, expressing pride in its achievements.’
    • ‘But the loons and quines on the Press & Journal deserve 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.’
    • ‘Remember, too, that a pat on the back for a job well done can often be appreciated as much as incentives.’
    • ‘We hope all those publishers who turned the book down give themselves a pat on the back for yet another job well done.’
    • ‘He congratulated me with a pat on the back, a flush spreading across his face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    praise, congratulations, commendation, applause, salutes, honour, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, cheers, ovation, accolade, plaudits, felicitations
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