slap on the back


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slap on the back

An expression of approval or praise. Brett's boss gave him a slap on the back after he completed the project early and under budget.
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slap on the back

A gesture of congratulation, as in The coach gave him a slap on the back for coming in first. [Early 1800s]
See also: back, on, slap
References in classic literature ?
Eleven had struck before Raffles awoke from his sullen reverie, and recalled me from mine with a slap on the back.