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Meaning of “a pat on the back” in the English Dictionary

"a pat on the back" in British English

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a pat on the back

praise: I got a pat on the back from (= was ​praised by) my ​boss.
(Definition of a pat on the back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"a pat on the back" in American English

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a pat on the back

praise: You’ve done a ​greatjob, and you ​deserve a pat on the back .
(Definition of a pat on the back from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “a pat on the back”
in Arabic رَبْتة اِسْتِحْسان…
in Korean 칭찬하는 말…
in Portuguese parabéns…
in Catalan felicitació…
in Japanese 称賛, 激励…
in Chinese (Simplified) 称赞,赞扬…
in Turkish sırtını sıvazlama…
in Russian похвала, поощрение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 稱讚,讚揚…
in Italian congratulazione, elogio…
in Polish pochwała…
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