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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

patent New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

government licence conferring a right

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

Pat Malone British & World English

On one’s own

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

stand pat in pat2 British & World English

Stick stubbornly to one’s opinion or decision

cowpat British & World English

A flat round deposit of cow dung

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

off pat in pat2 English Thesaurus

in time he'll have the jargon off pat

have something off pat in pat2 British & World English

Have something memorized perfectly

a pat on the back in pat1 British & World English

An expression of approval or congratulation

pat someone on the back in pat1 British & World English

Express approval of or admiration for someone

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

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

have something off or down pat in pat2 British & World English

Have something memorized perfectly

a pat on the back in pat1 English Thesaurus

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