attaboy

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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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Bricktown Brewery willget into retail next year, but with its non-alcoholic Atta Boy Root Beer.
"Atta boy," Gimenez yelled after several Darvish pitches darted low across the plate during live batting practice.
The coach provides the "atta boy" backslaps and constructive, corrective feedback to keep the plant functioning efficiently while producing safe product.
"Atta boy," he cheered when his partner shagged the balls.
Atta boy, but St Jerome has yet to lead the faithful out of the wilderness.
Atta boy, Dougie Atta boy, Dougie Pick of the day also the the THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW BBC1 10.35pm DOUGIE from McBusted outs himself as one of Sir David Attenborough's biggest (and not at all stalkerish) fans when they meet up on Graham's sofa this week.
Retrievers are willing to swim icy waters, slog sloppy swamps and chase cripples across chiseled cornfields and expect no more than a pat on the head or an appreciative "atta boy." Just being close to their hunter will suffice for any retriever.
What was rather surprising is that Spurback and others received a lot of "atta boy" and "go get 'em Roger!"
She said: "atta boy great progress Richard" I let the slipshod spelling and punctuation pass because I knew I was in the right - sleep does work - and lo, it came to pass.
I had forgotten sending that "atta boy" in response to the criticism about publishing Polekh's autobiography.
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Since many owners compliment their canines when the dogs follow training rules with an "Atta Boy!" one dog food manufactured named its brand just that.
'Atta boy,' she says and she drinks the last inch of vodka from the wineglass.