Definition of backslapping in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakslapɪŋ/


[mass noun]
1The action of slapping a person’s back in congratulation or encouragement.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The mood was jovial, the speeches full of backslapping and congratulations.
  • 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.
1.1The action of congratulating someone in a hearty or effusive way: the awards are about industry politics and backslapping
More example sentences
  • No matter how many times I say that award ceremonies are pointless industry backslapping, I still can't help but be a teeny bit interested in them.
  • Despite all that praise and backslapping, one never truly appreciates the trip ‘there’ unless one has a common frame of reference.
  • But behind the smiles and the backslapping, the record industry is fighting for its life.


Vigorously hearty: those cheerful, backslapping journalists
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌslapə/
Example sentences
  • He has not actually gone from hero to zero, but he will need no reminders that if he does not get a grip soon, all the backslappers who emerged from the woodwork post-Sydney will be queuing to wring his neck.
  • If anything, the ‘backslapper’ and ‘working man's champ’ type was better known in the industrial districts of the US, than it ever was in Labour (with a ‘u’) movement.
  • As a former international with 108 caps, he has taken steps to shield his players from DFB officials, sponsors and other backslappers, especially during team meals.

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