Schaeffer remembers his father squirming when pat Robertson talked about burning a reproduction of a nude by Modigliani.
When Coburn dropped out over a somewhat technical disagreement, he found pat Toomey, fairly late in the process.
The response the Foleys received was, for the most part, beyond disappointing—little more than a “pat on the head,” John said.
General Sarnoff, the chairman of the board of RCA; pat Weaver, the president of NBC; Max Liebman and Sid.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the eggplant batter into the pan and pat down.
The faithful dog lived for his master and yet Rose could not remember ever having seen Martin give him a pat.
“Well, pat, you have had indeed a narrow escape of your life,” observed Green.
pat them into water, and wash them with a birch broom till quite clean.
“That same is more than I intend doing,” cried pat, from the bottom of the boat.
pat turned to the boys, and they could see a quizzical gleam in his blue eyes.
c.1400, "a blow, stroke," perhaps originally imitative of the sound of patting. Meaning "light tap with hand" is from c.1804. Sense of "that which is formed by patting" (as in pat of butter) is 1754, probably from the verb. Pat on the back in the figurative sense attested by 1804.
"aptly, suitably, at the right time," 1570s, perhaps from pat (adj.) in sense of "that which hits the mark," a special use from pat (n.) in sense of "a hitting" of the mark. The modern adjective is 1630s, from the adverb.
1560s, "to hit, throw;" meaning "to tap or strike lightly" is from 1714; from pat (n.). Related: Patted; patting. The nursery rhyme phrase pat-a-cake is known from 1823. Alternative patty-cake (usually American English) is attested from 1794 (in "Mother Goose's Melody, or Sonnets for the Cradle," Worcester, Mass.).