a pat on the back

a pat on the back

praise a slap on the back The White House gave her a pat on the back Thursday, when the president said she was a highly valued member of his staff.
Related vocabulary: a kick in the butt
See also: back, pat

a pat on the back

if you give someone a pat on the back, you praise them for something good that they have done (often + for ) She deserves a pat on the back for keeping things going while you were away.
See also: back, pat
References in classic literature ?
There was never a Kerry man yet that wudn't sell his brother for a pipe o' tobacco an' a pat on the back from a p'liceman.
Some kids got money, some got presents, a favorite dinner, or a hug and a pat on the back.