an act or instance of offering praise or congratulation: The winners indulged in a certain amount of mutual back-patting.

Nearby words

  1. back-formation,
  2. back-load,
  3. back-mutate,
  4. back-order,
  5. back-paddle,
  6. back-pedal,
  7. back-seat driver,
  8. back-slapping,
  9. back-stabbing,
  10. back-stitch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for back-patting

  • And in all this outpouring of sentiment, this hand-shaking and back-patting, nobody thought to offer a kind word to old Waddles.

    Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan