Hay 3 definiciones de pat en inglés:

pat1

Saltos de línea: pat

verbo (pats, patting, patted)

[with object]
1Touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand: he patted him consolingly on the shoulder
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  • I quickly patted down my pockets and, finding nothing, I frantically checked the pavement around me.
  • If the baby stops breathing, a nurse will stimulate the baby to start breathing by patting him or touching the soles of his feet.
  • He patted me quickly on the back then scuttled off down the far end of the cat walk.
Sinónimos
tap, slap lightly, clap, dab; touch, stroke, pet, caress, fondle, rub
1.1Draw attention to (something) by tapping it gently: he patted the bench beside him and I sat down
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  • Josh pats his waist to draw attention to the belt securely surrounding it.
  • He pointed to a vacant bench and sat down, patting the space beside him to indicate where I should be.
  • Chloe pulled the bench out from under the piano and sat down, patting the space beside her.
1.2 [with object and adverbial] Mould into shape or put in position with gentle taps: she patted down the earth in each pot
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  • Press chocolate in the shape, lightly pat on top to push in every groove of the mould.
  • Straw had to be cut, trimmed and tied as a shaker for the holy water, stick butter patted into shapes and all the foodstuff bought for the breakfast.
  • Summer said anxiously, patting her straight blond hair into place and batting her eyes rapidly.

sustantivo

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1A quick, light touch with the hand: giving him a friendly pat on the arm, she went off to join the others
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  • He gave her a quick kiss and a quick pat on my shoulder before he left, leaving Crystal and I staring across the table at each other.
  • Desa gave him a friendly pat on the arm, then rejoined her ‘friend’ in the back of the group.
  • Scotty gives Johnny a friendly pat on the arm before leaving the room.
Sinónimos
tap, light blow, clap, dab; caress, stroke, fondle, touch
2A compact mass of soft material: a pat of butter
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  • A pat of butter was melted in the pan, sufficient in quantity to thoroughly lubricate the whole of its surface, and leave a coating of moisture about an eighth of an inch deep over all.
  • Put a pat of butter on each slice of bread (one slice per person).
  • We were bought a complimentary plate of various breads to share, with a pat of butter and a little bowl of the most beautiful looking, vibrant orange marmalade.
Sinónimos
piece, dab, lump, portion, knob, mass, cake, chunk, wedge, hunk, gobbet, ball, curl
rare clod, gob

Origen

late Middle English (as a noun denoting a blow with something flat): probably imitative. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

Frases

a pat on the back

An expression of approval or congratulation: they deserve a pat on the back for a job well done
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  • He congratulated me with a pat on the back, a flush spreading across his face.
  • We hope all those publishers who turned the book down give themselves a pat on the back for yet another job well done.
  • For finishing first place in a Scottish Hillrally you receive a hearty round of applause and a pat on the back.
Sinónimos
praise, congratulations, commendation, applause, salutes, honour, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, cheers, ovation, accolade, plaudits, felicitations; approval, admiration, approbation, compliments, kudos, adulation, homage; eulogy, encomium, panegyric, bouquets, laurels, testimonial
rare extolment, laudation, eulogium

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.
Sinónimos
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

Frases

pat someone down

(Of a police officer or security official) pass the hands over someone’s clothing in a search for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs.
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  • When police officers arrived, a passer-by pointed out where the man had run off to; the officers found him and patted him down.
  • Then the two airmen led the suspect away to the hood of a patrol car, where they patted him down for weapons and drugs.
  • John patted him down, but found nothing.

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Hay 3 definiciones de pat en inglés:

pat2

Saltos de línea: pat

adjetivo

Simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing: there are no pat answers to these questions
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  • All you have are pat answers and glib retorts that turn out, on ten seconds' worth of thought, to be mindless platitudes.
  • There are no glib, pat answers that will provide comfort to people of faith in the face of such an overwhelming, needless tragedy, says Christian.
  • The reason this makes me want to wash my hands of humanity forever, even though I'm sure the person that says it means no harm by spouting this kind of pat answer.
Sinónimos
glib, simple, simplistic, facile, slick, smooth, unconvincing, perfunctory

adverbio

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At exactly the right moment or in the right way; very conveniently or opportunely: the happy ending came rather pat

Origen

late 16th century: related to pat1; apparently originally symbolic: a frequently found early use was hit pat (i.e. hit as if with flat blow).

Frases

have something off (or down) pat

Have something memorized perfectly: she has her answer off pat
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  • It is not so much a question of what makes a criminal - Lucy has the answers off pat, ‘poverty, a failing system of education and the values of a monetarist society’ - but who exactly is the criminal and to what degree?
  • I'm so used to this sort of attack that I now have my response off pat.
  • Obviously Amazon and Allmusic have the basics down pat - simple catalogue-related facets of a release, which make it easy to find and sell music.
Sinónimos
word-perfect, by heart, by rote, word for word, parrot-fashion, verbatim, by memory, memorizedmemorize, commit to memory, remember, retain, learn by heart, learn, learn by rote, impress on the memory, become word-perfect in
archaic con

stand pat

chiefly North American
1Stick stubbornly to one’s opinion or decision: many ranchers stood pat with the old strains of cattle
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  • The decision to stand pat highlights the lack of coordination between the BOJ and the government to pull the world's second-biggest economy out of recession.
  • Arizona, with a payroll already stretching the club's resources to a budget-busting level, opted to stand pat, which is not a bad decision.
  • The Bruins opted to stand pat on their coach and shuffle players like so many playing cards.
2(In poker and blackjack) retain one’s hand as dealt, without drawing other cards.
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  • The Capraesque ‘normal’ person stands pat with his neighborhood investment club while the financiers of Manhattan, driven by imaginary fears and wild superstitions, panic and flee.
  • Eleven of his 14 picks are in the final four rounds, so it's unlikely Wolf will be able to move up more than a position or two in the first round - so he'll likely stand pat at the 14th pick and take the best defensive end.
  • Likewise, if your No.2 wideout is set to face tough defenses in three consecutive weeks, don't stand pat and take that kind of scoring hit.

Derivativos

patly

adverbio
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  • The Scooby-Doo ending disappoints when it is delivered too patly, when the information comes to easily, when the proper foundation has not been laid.
  • Ten minutes later, Collateral has been patly wrapped up and you're staring at the credits, feeling a bit disappointed.
  • Many of the survivors are more thinly drawn than their abusers, and some patly written scenes necessary to move the story along clearly take more dramatic license with reality than you wish they would.

patness

sustantivo
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  • It is not that we need any sort of patness, and there is much to be said for stories that are not tied up too neatly, but occasionally one encounters an almost wilful irresolution.
  • And the outcome doesn't quite work - wobbly credibility giving way to patness.
  • I enjoyed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but the minor weaknesses in those films - their occasional obviousness, patness, and preachiness - blossom into the defining characteristics of The Majestic.

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Hay 3 definiciones de pat en inglés:

Pat3

Saltos de línea: Pat

sustantivo

informal , chiefly derogatory
An Irishman (often as a form of address).

Origen

early 19th century: abbreviation of the male given name Patrick.