give somebody/yourself a pat on the back

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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

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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
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You need to allow yourself to unwind after a busy and stressful time - and to give yourself a pat on the back for working so hard.
Give yourself a pat on the back for reaching out to reclaim your health, and come fall, enlist the support of your school counselor too.
Give yourself a pat on the back for your determination and willpower!
If you are a CFO under the age of 46 or a CEO who hasn't yet hit 49, give yourself a pat on the back. Not only are you exceptionally talented; you are also younger than the average CIMA member in your job.
YOU A WINNER...For all those who attended the comp, just give yourself a pat on the back and a thumbs up.
If you said the Peugeot 206 then give yourself a pat on the back.
Give yourself a pat on the back for maintaining an exercise habit and inspiring others to get moving.
Give yourself a pat on the back for all your achievements since the beginning of the year.
You've stayed true to yourself, so give yourself a pat on the back for that.