Definition of backslapping in US English:



  • The action of effusively congratulating or encouraging someone, typically by slapping a person's back.

    ‘effusive displays of backslapping and arm-punching’
    • ‘The settlement prompted much backslapping among advocates of the public's right to know.’
    • ‘If you don't mind the mutual backslapping, it is an informative supplement to the film.’
    • ‘Amid warm bear hugs and backslapping, the ex-army officer relived those old times and exchanged pleasantries with the serving officers.’
    • ‘This character would offer solutions to a problem, no one would respond, then a man would come up, verbatim, with the same idea which would be met with universal backslapping and congratulations.’
    • ‘There are times when someone decides that an album deserves plaudits, laurel wreaths and all round backslapping because it's an auspicious debut recorded without the help of some guy with a ponytail in a big office.’
    • ‘The audience exploded into waves of applause and general backslapping.’
    • ‘In fact, the mutual backslapping has already started.’
    • ‘There will be a lot of backslapping, and people will talk about the amazing things that will come out of that Budget, in terms of it being pro-growth, pro-science, and pro-development.’
    • ‘The mood was jovial, the speeches full of backslapping and congratulations.’
    • ‘Several hundred teenagers dressed in patent leather shoes and crisp green U.S. Army uniforms are greeting and backslapping each other in the crowded school hallway.’
    • ‘Amid a spray of spilt drinks and nibbles, much cheering, dancing and backslapping, the unruly crowd vented their delirium in the manner of Indian cricket spectators, setting alight their match programs and letting off fireworks.’
    • ‘Twenty-two minutes from a gold medal and with it the promise of a lifetime of backslapping, banquet invitations, halls of fame.’
    • ‘A feast had been laid out but was soon demolished, amidst much handshaking, backslapping and reminiscences.’
    • ‘Arriving passengers greet their cabin stewards and table waiters like long-lost family friends with smiling handshakes, hugs and much backslapping.’
    • ‘Their presentation featured a quirky opening video, thirty minutes of corporate backslapping, and few new products.’
    • ‘The trio reaches annoying heights of self-congratulatory backslapping on occasion, but on the whole there's an honest, cheerful camaraderie between the participants.’
    • ‘The ceremony was noteworthy for the vigorous mutual backslapping, and the empty seats in the large marquee shading mostly pollies, VIPs, public servants and some Aboriginal functionaries.’
    • ‘Occasionally there is too much glad-handing and backslapping, but overall it's a compelling complement to the film.’
    • ‘Traditionally it's been a venue for blustering declarations from fulminating premiers, but today instead of foot-stamping there was backslapping.’
    • ‘But before we launch into a pan-European round of backslapping, what about the fact that calling from a country other than your operator's is often extremely expensive and apparently random, changing from day to day?’


  • Vigorously hearty.

    ‘those cheerful, backslapping journalists’
    • ‘And backslapping partnership agreements between airline bosses and union leaders can all too easily end in tatters - mainly due to the cruel realities of the airline industry, which is even more cut-throat than most.’
    • ‘It would appear I've accidentally said the wrong thing on a backslapping parade and critical perspectives are unwelcome.’
    • ‘A little better than the usual run-of-the-mill backslapping video press packet, the featurette does have some interesting insights and many will feel, is better than nothing at all.’
    • ‘And that's why you date the guy who takes you out for dinner, and just become backslapping buddies with the chap that makes you pay for his pizza.’
    • ‘At the port, what started out as a backslapping exercise by the general shifted after a good-natured jibe from one of the enlisted soldiers.’
    • ‘The backslapping, gregarious team boss with the infectious ‘can do’ attitude will be testing all his negotiating skills this month and next.’
    • ‘Since I was off yesterday and there was nothing on the telly I watched the self-congratulatory backslapping gathering in Trafalgar Square.’
    • ‘He's a natural salesman, whose secret weapon is the sheer confidence and optimism that he exudes rather than backslapping bonhomie.’
    • ‘On the whole, the meeting has the backslapping atmosphere of counselors returning to camp.’
    • ‘Nor is a good mindreader necessarily a ‘people person’ - we all know backslapping bon vivants who are all but illiterate when it comes to reading the subtleties of social interaction.’
    • ‘Expecting rave reviews and backslapping verification, he invited two dozen training experts to stop by in November to become test subjects.’
    • ‘The six-foot redhead is known as a disciplinarian and a diplomat, a gregarious, backslapping sort who goes to extraordinary lengths to inspire the troops.’
    • ‘I was surrounded by backslapping, laughing patrons.’
    • ‘When parties sit down to hammer out a deal, we focus on the hard issues, confronting points that have been brushed aside to preserve the illusion of backslapping bonhomie among the players.’
    • ‘That means style queens are going to feel a lot more comfortable in New Town's urbane outposts than the boozy, backslapping pubs of Old Town.’
    • ‘He has zero experience in the punishing, hand-squeezing, backslapping world of retail politics where most campaigns are won and lost.’
    • ‘I don't mean to say that Americans are a nation of superficial, backslapping enjoyers and happy-makers, as opposed to our suffering Slavic souls.’
    • ‘The annual address has become, instead, a combination of media event - whose audience has steadily declined - and backslapping get-together for the Washington political elite.’
    friendly, genial, affable, amiable, congenial, agreeable, good-humoured, cordial, warm, sociable, outgoing, gregarious, clubbable, companionable, hail-fellow-well-met
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