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pit-a-pat

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Pronunciation: /pɪtəˈpat
 
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(also pitapat)

Definition of pit-a-pat in English:

adverb

With a sound like quick light steps or taps: her heart went pit-a-pat
More example sentences
  • Our hearts went pitapat when we received the news that the inventors were all set to snap up the million-dollar prize.
  • Consequently, I'm doubly grateful for a CD of Rosner's orchestral music, and the designation ‘Volume 1 ‘makes my heart go pit-a-pat.’
  • By way of illustration, he invited his readers to ‘fancy Mr. Neville Chamberlain having twenty-five feet of intestines and a heart going pit-a-pat all the time.’
Synonyms
beat rapidly, palpitate, pound, throb, pulsate, pulse, thud, thump, hammer, flutter, pitter-patter, quiver, pump, race, pant, thrill
rare quop

noun

[in singular] Back to top  
A sound like quick light steps or taps.

Origin

early 16th century: imitative of alternating sounds.

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