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attaboy

An expression of encouragement, support, or approval toward a boy, man, or male animal, used as a standalone interjection before or after a sentence. Largely presumed to be a corruption of the expression "that's the boy"; it is also sometimes spelled "atta boy." You won the spelling bee? Attaboy!

That-a-boy!

exclam. That is the way to do it! (Said to a boy or man.) Come on, Chuck. That-a-boy!
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Conn Clay, Blantyre, said: "If you read his name backwards it reads Ataboy. Yeah, at a boy, Dedryck - you've ruined Celtic's season.
EXHIBIT: 'Ataboy will display its solutions to Goss, Fincore, and Ferag product obsolescence, including its solution to Goss drink and hydraulic- impression problems, as well as upgrades for dampener chassis and static belt reel controls.
And you probably don't want to call me any other day, either." Ataboy. "Never get 'em from the people you really want 'em from." There you go.
EXHIBIT: 'Ataboy will be displaying various Goss, Fincor, and Ferag product upgrades including: SmartStart digital folder operator's console; the SmartSpeed digital MOP for Fincor drive masters; Softsmart colorliner impression circuit modification; and various other enhancements for existing press and mailroom equipment.
EXHIBIT: Specializing in press system integration, training, and digital OEM product development, 'Ataboy offers OEM products with a pre-designed upgrade path, enhanced functionality, and simple installation.
26 issue of the same magazine, Steven Tuckey reported, "A lawsuit filed by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [in Chancery Court of Hinds County] to force companies to cover flood damages in addition to those caused by wind-driven rain has prompted insurance industry representatives to lay out frightening scenarios not only for insurers, but for the nation as well." By February, not much more had been heard about his lawsuit, but he was getting "ataboys" from Mississippi's Senator Trent Lott, who also lost his home in the storm.