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backslapping

[ bak-slap-ing ]
/ ˈbækˌslæp ɪŋ /
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noun

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

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Origin of backslapping

First recorded in 1770–80; back1 + slapping

OTHER WORDS FROM backslapping

backslapper, noun
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back-slapping

adjective

energetically jovial; hearty
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