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pat1 British & World English

Touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand

pat2 British & World English

Simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing

Pat British & World English

An Irishman (often as a form of address)

pat1 English Thesaurus

Brian patted her absent-mindedly on the shoulder

pat2 English Thesaurus

up to now, he has given pat, perfunctory answers

stand pat British & World English

Stick stubbornly to one’s opinion or decision

pat-down British & World English

An act of searching a person for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs, made by passing the hands over their clothing

pit-a-pat British & World English

With a sound like quick light steps or taps

pit-a-pat English Thesaurus

my heart was going pit-a-pat all the time

pat-a-cake British & World English

A children’s game in which participants gently clap their hands in time to the words of a rhyme

pat someone down British & World English

(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

a pat on the back British & World English

An expression of approval or congratulation

pat someone on the back British & World English

Express approval of or admiration for someone

have something off pat British & World English

Have something memorized perfectly

cowpat British & World English

A flat round deposit of cow dung

off pat in pat2 English Thesaurus

in time he'll have the jargon off pat

stand pat in pat2 British & World English

Stick stubbornly to one’s opinion or decision

a pat on the back in pat1 British & World English

An expression of approval or congratulation

go pit-a-pat in pit-a-pat English Thesaurus

my heart was going pit-a-pat all the time

pat someone down in pat1 British & World English

(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

a pat on the back in pat1 English Thesaurus

you owe me a pat on the back for a job well done

pat someone on the back in pat1 British & World English

Express approval of or admiration for someone