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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.
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.
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.
the patter of tiny feetused 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.
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.
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.
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.”