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have (something) off pat

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. I know it's a little tricky getting the hang of the machine, but keep at it, and you'll have it off pat in no time. My sister is such a musical prodigy that she can have a song off pat after listening to it only once or twice.
See also: have, off, pat

learn (something) down pat

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. I made sure to learn my speech down pat before the ceremony so I wouldn't spend the whole time looking down at piece of paper. My sister is such a musical prodigy that she can learn a song down pat after listening to it only once or twice.
See also: down, learn, pat

off pat

Perfectly; to a point of flawless and effortless execution. (Typically "have or learn something off pat.") I made sure to learn my speech off pat before the ceremony so I wouldn't spend the whole time looking down at piece of paper. My sister is such a musical prodigy that she can have a song off pat after listening to it only once or twice.
See also: off, pat

on (one's) Pat Malone

Without or not near to anyone else; on one's own; all alone. Australian rhyming slang referring to a ballad about an Irishman called Pat Malone, who suffered numerous misfortunes after emigrating to Australia. Primarily heard in Australia. To be quite honest, after a hectic week of work, I much prefer having a drink on my Pat Malone than being around a bunch of people. Mary's been on her Pat Malone ever since Rupert broke up with her last week.
See also: Malone, on, pat

on (one's) pat

Without or not near to anyone else; on one's own; all alone. Shortened from the Australian rhyming slang "on one's Pat Malone," referring to a ballad about an Irishman called Pat Malone, who suffered numerous misfortunes after emigrating to Australia. Primarily heard in Australia. To be quite honest, after a hectic week of work, I much prefer having a drink on my pat than being around a bunch of people. Mary's been on her pat ever since Rupert broke up with her last week.
See also: on, pat

be on (one's) Pat Malone

To be without anyone else; to be on one's own. Australian rhyming slang referring to a ballad about an Irishman (called Pat Malone) who suffered numerous misfortunes after emigrating to Australia. Primarily heard in Australia. To be quite honest, after a hectic week of work, I much prefer being on my Pat Malone than spending the weekend around a bunch of people. Mary's been on her Pat Malone ever since Rupert broke up with her last week.
See also: Malone, on, pat

be on (one's) pat

To be without anyone else; to be on one's own. Shortened from the Australian rhyming slang "to be on one's Pat Malone," which refers to a ballad about an Irishman (called Pat Malone) who suffered numerous misfortunes after emigrating to Australia. Primarily heard in Australia. To be quite honest, after a hectic week of work, I much prefer being on my pat than spending the weekend around a bunch of people. Mary's been on her pat ever since Rupert broke up with her last week.
See also: on, pat

down pat

Learned, mastered, or understood perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish. Make sure you practice these equations until you have them down pat. I always get my routine down pat so there won't be any room for error during the performance.
See also: down, pat

pat on the back

Praise given to a person for an achievement or a job well done. Treating his daughter to ice cream was Joe's way of giving her a pat on the back after she won first place in the science fair. The only reason she stays late at work is to receive a pat on the back from her boss.
See also: back, on, pat

have/get (something) down pat

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. Make sure you practice these equations until you have them down pat. I got my routine down pat so there wouldn't be any room for error during the performance.
See also: down, get, have, pat

learn (something) off pat

To learn, master, or understand something perfectly, to the point of requiring little or no focus to do, recall, or accomplish it. I know it's a little tricky getting the hang of the machine, but keep at it, and you'll learn it off pat in no time. My sister is such a musical prodigy that she can learn a song off pat after listening to it only once or twice.
See also: learn, off, pat

have calluses from patting one's own back

 and break one's arm patting oneself on the back
Fig. to be a braggart. If you haven't heard about Bill's latest achievement, he'd be glad to tell you. He has calluses from patting his own back. Jane: I did a really wonderful job, if I do say so myself. Tom: If you're not careful, you'll break your arm patting yourself on the back.
See also: back, have, own, pat

pat answer

a quick, easy answer; a simplified or evasive answer. Don't just give them a pat answer. Give some more explanation and justification. Otherwise you will just end up answering a lot more questions.
See also: answer, pat

pat someone on the back

 and give someone a pat on the back 
1. Lit. to pat someone's back to show praise. The coach patted each player on the back after the game.
2. Fig. to praise someone for something. The teacher patted all the students on the back for their good work. They were patting themselves on the back for winning when the final whistle blew.
See also: back, on, pat

pat someone or something on something

to tap someone or something on a particular place with the open hand. She patted the child on the bottom. I patted the car on its hood to show how proud I was of it.
See also: on, pat

pat something down

to tap something down with the open hand. I heaped some soil over the seeds and patted it down. I patted down the soil.
See also: down, pat

stand pat (on something)

to stick firmly to one's position or opinions. I am going to stand pat on this issue. I thought you would stand pat in the absence of new information.
See also: pat, stand

pat on the back

A word or gesture of support, approval, or praise, as in The bonus she gave her assistant was a pat on the back for doing a good job. [Early 1800s]
See also: back, on, pat

stand pat

Refuse to change one's position or opinion, as in We're going to stand pat on this amendment to the bylaws. This expression may be derived from the verb pat in the sense of "strike firmly and accurately." [Late 1800s]
See also: pat, stand

a pat on the back

COMMON If you give someone a pat on the back, you praise them for something they have done. Any shop that gives such a rapid response to a customer's complaint deserves a pat on the back. The industry can give itself a little pat on the back for the positive moves it has made to help towards its own recovery. Note: You can also say that one person pats another on the back, or that someone pats themselves on the back. I thought the editor would pat me on the back and say, `Well done!' Instead he fired me. Today is a good day to pat yourself on the back for bravery and effort.
See also: back, on, pat

stand pat

mainly AMERICAN
If someone stands pat, they refuse to change something or they refuse to change their mind about something. High interest rates are considered the cause of the problem, but the German Bundesbank today said it's standing pat. Head coach Tom Higgins is standing pat on his team and will go with the same 40 men he used last week. Note: In the game of poker, if a player stands pat, they are satisfied with the hand dealt to them and do not exchange any of their cards.
See also: pat, stand

have something off (or down) pat

have something memorized perfectly.
See also: have, off, pat, something

on your pat

on your own. Australian informal
This expression is from rhyming slang, Pat Malone meaning ‘alone’.
See also: on, pat

pat someone on the back

express approval of or admiration for someone.
See also: back, on, pat

stand pat

stick stubbornly to your opinion or decision. chiefly North American
In the card games poker and blackjack, standing pat involves retaining your hand as dealt, without drawing other cards.
See also: pat, stand

give somebody/yourself a ˌpat on the ˈback

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pat somebody/yourself on the ˈback (for doing something)

praise somebody/yourself for something they/you have done well: I think we should pat James on the back for working so hard.I feel I can give myself a pat on the back for finishing everything on time.
See also: back, give, on, pat, somebody

have/know/get something off ˈpat

(British English) (American English have/know something down ˈpat) know or have learned something so well that you can repeat it at any time: I’m afraid I haven’t got the answer off pat.She has all our names and cellphone numbers down pat.
See also: get, have, know, off, pat, something

stand ˈpat

(especially American English) refuse to change your mind about a decision you have made or an opinion you have: There has been a lot of controversy over the new proposals, but the government is standing pat. OPPOSITE: shift your ground
See also: pat, stand

pat down

v.
1. To flatten or mold something by tapping it gently with the hands or a flat implement: The baker patted down the dough with a rolling pin. We patted the clay down before shaping it.
2. To search someone or something with the hands, especially for weapons or illegal substances: The police patted down the suspect for guns. The customs officials patted us down.
See also: down, pat

stand pat (on something)

in. to stick firmly to one’s position or opinions. I thought you would stand pat in the absence of new information.
See also: on, pat, something, stand

stand pat

verb
See also: pat, stand

pat on the back

An expression or gesture of praise or approval: Let's give them a pat on the back for doing a good job.
See also: back, on, pat

stand pat

1. To oppose or resist change.
2. Games To play one's poker hand without drawing more cards.
See also: pat, stand
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