[ pat-uh-keyk ]
/ ˈpæt əˌkeɪk /
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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Example sentences from the Web for pat-a-cake
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
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