slap on the back

A gesture of congratulation, as in The coach gave him a slap on the back for coming in first. [Early 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. slap bang,
  2. slap bass,
  3. slap dashing,
  4. slap down,
  5. slap in the face,
  6. slap on the wrist,
  7. slap shot,
  8. slap-bang,
  9. slap-happy,
  10. slap-up

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Examples from the Web for slap on the back

  • The garrulous or impertinent talker is almost as objectionable as the hail-fellow-well-met, slap-on-the-back fellow.