Definition of slap on the back in US English:

slap on the back


  • Congratulations or commendations.

    ‘they deserve a hearty slap on the back for their efforts’
    • ‘What was meant to be a kick has become a slap on the back.’
    • ‘For a Cockney sparrow, Jim Howard has flown very far and high - and done it all with a laugh and a friendly slap on the back on the way.’
    • ‘A high-five or a slap on the back can mean everything.’
    • ‘What's more, while an increase of 29% in operating cash flow deserves a hearty slap on the back, it's easier to report good quarters when the bar is lower.’
    • ‘(And please give our foreign editors a slap on the back here for success in acculturation).’
    • ‘After getting congratulated with a slap on the back, he returns to his sister with a grin.’
    • ‘Each and every one of them deserves a big slap on the back.’
    • ‘The Grammys are the annual slap on the back for the American music industry.’
    • ‘Grandpa gave him a complimentary slap on the back.’
    • ‘Fox has done a nice job on this transfer and deserves a hearty slap on the back.’
    congratulations, commendation, approbation, approval, accolades, encomiums, compliments, tributes, a pat on the back, praise, acclaim, acclamation, a round of applause
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