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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
References in classic literature ?
Then came a sudden pattering of bare feet, the sound of heavy objects being thrown about, a violent creaking and the rattling of chains.
Emitting soft pattering noises, patters too light to be heard
She varies her focus, sometimes showing a flower or insect as if it's inches from our noses, and other times panning back to view pattering rain in puddles.
WITH two bedrooms, double-glazing and gardens on three sides, this Selly Oak semidetached is a neat option for a young couple contemplating a future of pattering small feet.
SQM will be used to evaluate surface qualities such as smoothness, roughness, pattering and texture to ensure they are within acceptable limits.
The level of provocative uncertainty was just enough to whet your sense of adventure without actually scaring you, and after about twenty minutes of nor knowing where you'd find yourself next or how it all would end, it did, calmly even, in a clean, empty attic where you could hear rain pattering on the shingles above.