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pat

verb [T]  us   /pæt/ (-tt-)

pat verb [T] (TOUCH)

to touch someone or something lightly and repeatedly with an open hand: He patted me on the shoulder. Pat the vegetables dry with a paper towel.

pat

noun [C]  us   /pæt/

pat noun [C] (PIECE)

pat noun [C] (TOUCH)

a light touch made with your open hand

pat

adjective, adverb [not gradable]  us   /pæt/ usually disapproving

pat adjective, adverb [not gradable] (WITHOUT THINKING)

(esp. of an answer) having been already prepared and therefore said without thinking much about the question: You’ve got a pat response to every question that comes along.
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