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back-patting

[bak-pat-ing]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of offering praise or congratulation: The winners indulged in a certain amount of mutual back-patting.
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  • And in all this outpouring of sentiment, this hand-shaking and back-patting, nobody thought to offer a kind word to old Waddles.

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    Charles Emmett Van Loan