give somebody/yourself a pat on the back
give (oneself or someone) a pat on the back
To give oneself or someone else praise or recognition 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. During the meeting today, Pat gave herself a pat on the back for staying late last week.
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give somebody/yourself a ˌpat on the ˈback,
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.
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