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attaboy

[at-uh-boi] /ˈæt əˌbɔɪ/
interjection, Informal.
1.
(used as an enthusiastic expression of encouragement or approval to a boy, man, or male animal.)
Origin of attaboy
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; alleged to be a reduced form of that's a boy or that's the boy
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  • In the ominous silence a cracked voice yelped: "attaboy Fenton!"

    Vulcan's Workshop Harl Vincent
  • It will be observed that Mr. Burke has given his attaboy a "t" too many.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • He did go and support the team, and enhance the glory of Zenith, by yelling "attaboy!"

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for attaboy

attaboy

/ˈætəˌbɔɪ/
sentence substitute
1.
(slang, mainly US) an expression of approval or exhortation
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Word Origin and History for attaboy

1909, probably from common pronunciation of "that's the boy!" a cheer of encouragement or approval.

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Slang definitions & phrases for attaboy

attaboy

interjection

An exclamation of approval or encouragement; way to go

[fr that's the boy]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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