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.
- 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.
Mr Murdoch gave Jenny a pat on the back for