Express approval of or admiration for someone: the local authority had spent responsibly, and a government department patted it on the back
More example sentences
- The cars' occupants hooted their approval and patted Chad on the back for his bravery.
- 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.