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

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"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 great job, and you deserve a pat on the back .

(Definition of “a pat on the back” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)