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pat-a-cake

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Definition of pat-a-cake in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A children’s game in which participants gently clap their hands in time to the words of a rhyme.
Example sentences
  • Hip-hip hurray - by the time he's a one-year old, your baby will be able to clap his hands together, so you can play games such pat-a-cake or just clap along to music.
  • From peek-a-boo to chess, from pat-a-cake to baseball, games occupy a central role in the lives of most children from infancy to adolescence.
  • The four began seated on wooden boxes facing each other and started what looked like a super-advanced game of pat-a-cake.

Words that rhyme with pat-a-cake

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