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English definition of “a pat on the back”

a pat on the back

praise for something good that someone has done: I got a pat on the back for all my hard work.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
(Definition of a pat on the back from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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