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the patter of tiny feet

The sound of young children, especially in one's home. It was devastating to learn I couldn't conceive, after dreaming for years of hearing the patter of tiny feet.
See also: feet, of, patter, tiny

spatter on (someone or something)

1. To splash or fall on someone or something in drops or small amounts. Grease from the bacon started spattering on the counter as it cooked in the pan. Make sure you change into some old jeans before you go on your walk. I don't want mud spattering on your nice clothes!
2. To cause some substance to splash or fall on someone or something in drops or small amounts. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spatter" and "on." Be careful not to spatter paint on the floor! I always end up spattering globs of clay on myself whenever I sculpt.
See also: on, spatter

patter of tiny feet

the sound of young children; having children in the household. I really liked having the patter of tiny feet in the house. Darling, I think we're going to be hearing the patter of tiny feet soon.
See also: feet, of, patter, tiny

the patter of tiny feet

used to refer to the expectation of the birth of a baby.
2002 Pride If, like me, you find yourself single in the penultimate year of your twenties and the only patter of tiny feet is your neighbour's cat, then chop, chop ladies—so much to do so little time.
See also: feet, of, patter, tiny

the patter of tiny ˈfeet

(informal or humorous) a way of referring to children when somebody wants, or is going to have, a baby: We can’t wait to hear the patter of tiny feet.
See also: feet, of, patter, tiny

patter of tiny feet

n. the sound of young children; having children in the household. Darling, I think we’re going to be hearing the patter of tiny feet soon.
See also: feet, of, patter, tiny

patter of little feet, the

The presence of small children. This now usually ironic or satiric reference to the presence or imminent arrival of offspring was originally a bit of Victorian sentimentalism, as in Lord Ronald Sutherland-Gower’s Reminiscences (1883): “The patter of little feet, and the unconscious joyousness of children.”
See also: little, of, patter
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If none can be found right away, talent development workshops should train their young talents to think on their own, instead of relying on scripted patter.
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They patter softly on the roof, / clinging to silent windows.
led by Donald Van Patter, acquired the auto service shop at 104 Markham Park Drive.
His repertoire of music old and new, plus his pleasing patter, has kept fans insisting on more.
Delivered in a witty and sharp patter, this black writer teaches us about the Black Panthers and their influence on the city's politics.
They understood clearly that her disparaging patter was directed at the act and habit of smoking, not at the person of smokers.
It is an experience during which "in glorious revolt from the drabness of the city, the camper drinks in the wine of the sunset, lays his head close to fresh and smelly earth-things, and is lulled to sleep by that sweetest symphony in all the world -- the patter of raindrops on the tent roof.
For a small fee of between pounds 40 and pounds 60 he will make sure people select the best computer for their needs without falling foul of the sales patter from dealers.
Their verbal patter made them seem like latter-day vaudevillians.
In ears buried in your past perfect, you hear the soft patter of Wilma Rudolph's feet turning dry dirt to flames spiraling like small ballerinas behind her.
Black patter increasingly revolved around whether Simpson was going to be framed by the L.
A talented folk musician, by the late-60s, his on-stage patter was overshadowing his songs.