Definition of pat someone on the back in English:

pat someone on the back

phrase

  • Express approval of or admiration for someone.

    ‘the local authority had spent responsibly, and a government department patted it on the back’
    • ‘I was in such a daze from the previous night the next morning that I didn't even realize that I had been made Person Of The Day until I heard people congratulating me and patting me on the back.’
    • ‘Someone handed him a drink as several people crowed around him patting him on the back and congratulating him on the success of the raid.’
    • ‘He felt a million hands patting him on the back and congratulating him on a job well done.’
    • ‘People he did not recognize patted him on the back and congratulating him on an excessively long keg stand.’
    • ‘It was discussed and approved and we were patted on the back.’
    • ‘And there's just the two of us in the room, as he pats me on the back to congratulate me on my unarguably well-delivered line.’
    • ‘I do feel a need to pat Spetnak on the back for this comment.’
    • ‘His friends were milling around him, patting him on the back and congratulating him on a great fight.’
    • ‘As he walked down the tables to pick up a tray and food, everyone patted him on the back and congratulated him.’
    • ‘As I'm leaving a man from the audience pats me on the back to congratulate me.’
    • ‘I'll never want anyone to pat me on the back and congratulate me on coming third, but I've definitely got life in perspective now.’
    • ‘Although we are in a strong position it is no good patting ourselves on the back in October or November.’
    • ‘All of Vix's friends complimented him and patted him on the back.’
    • ‘My coach commented while patting me on the back.’
    • ‘The cars' occupants hooted their approval and patted Chad on the back for his bravery.’
    • ‘Ellis shouted ‘It worked,’ said Lori approvingly and patting Susan on the back.’
    • ‘He is not the sort of person who gives out compliments or pats you on the back, he does it in other ways.’
    • ‘They seemed nonchalant as they patted Raymond on the back and congratulated him as well.’
    • ‘‘Well, anyway, I'm glad that Blake could find someone who could make him happy, even for a little while,’ he commented, patting me on the back as he jumped off the bleachers.’
    • ‘I patted him on the back with an approving smile.’
    congratulate, praise, sing the praises of, express approval of, take one's hat off to
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