Definition of pat someone on the back in English:

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pat someone on the back

Express approval of or admiration for someone: the local authority had spent responsibly, and a government department patted it on the back
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  • 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.
congratulate, praise, sing the praises of, express approval of, take one's hat off to;
commend, compliment, applaud, acclaim, give someone a pat on the back, throw bouquets at
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