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a pat on the back

Meaning: You've given someone a pat on the back if you've told them they've done something well, or done a good job.

For example:

  • Don't you think Salim deserves a pat on the back for his report? Why don't you tell him it was excellent work?

  • Our boss doesn't often praise us for our work, so if he gives you a pat on the back for something, you've really earned it.

Quick Quiz:

Mr Murdoch gave Jenny a pat on the back for
  1. being late again
  2. bringing him some coffee
  3. doing such a good job

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