Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pat on the back

pat on the back
Meaning(s)
1) to give or receive praise
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • I got a pat on the back from my boss
  • Analysis
    If you 'get a pat on the back' from someone it means that they have given you praise. This is an idiomatic expression used in a variety of contexts, but you might be more likely to hear it in informal settings. To get a pat on the back is the same as someone saying 'well done' or acknowledging your achievements.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I can't believe you managed to score that goal! You deserve a pat on the back.
    2. A big pat on the back to Mrs. Malone for preparing all of this wonderful food this evening.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I just came to give you a pat on the back for your work during this project. We never would have delivered the project on time without you all.
    2. Just because we managed to succeed, doesn't mean we should give ourselves a pat on the back. A lot of mistakes were made that we need to avoid in the future.
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