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  1. the practice of making a loud and effusive display of friendliness, cordiality, etc., as by slapping persons on the back.

Origin of backslapping

First recorded in 1770–80; back1 + slapping
Related formsback·slap·per, noun


verb (used with object), back·slapped, back·slap·ping.
  1. to subject to backslapping.
verb (used without object), back·slapped, back·slap·ping.
  1. to engage in backslapping.
  1. a hearty slap on the back given as a token of affability or congratulation: The bridegroom received many a warm handshake and backslap.

Origin of backslap

First recorded in 1925–30; back1 + slap1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Greetings were curiously breathless yet casual, but without any backslapping.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

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