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pitapat

[ pit-uh-pat ]
/ ˈpɪt əˌpæt /
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adverb

with a quick succession of beats or taps: Her heart beat pitapat with excitement.

noun

the movement or the sound of something going pitapat: the pitapat of hail on a roof.

verb (used without object), pit·a·pat·ted, pit·a·pat·ting.

to go pitapat.

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Origin of pitapat

First recorded in 1515–25; imitative gradational compound
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British Dictionary definitions for pitapat

pitapat
/ (ˌpɪtəˈpæt) /

adverb

with quick light taps or beats

verb -pats, -patting or -patted

(intr) to make quick light taps or beats

noun

such taps or beats
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