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  1. a children's game in which a child claps hands alone and with another child while chanting a nursery rhyme.
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Origin of pat-a-cake

First recorded in 1870–75; after the opening words of a rhyme that accompanies such play
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Historical Examples of pat-a-cake

  • Even baby has its "pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake," and is lulled to sleep with visions of a coach and six little ponies.

    Trifles for the Christmas Holidays

    H. S. Armstrong

  • Barby stooped to take the little terrier's head between her hands and pat-a-cake it back and forth with an affectionate caress.

    Georgina of the Rainbows

    Annie Fellows Johnston