Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A child's game in which two participants gently strike the palms of their hands together in rhythmic beat, often accompanied by a nursery rhyme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of patty cake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A children's game played by patting the hands together to a nursery rime.

Etymologies

Alteration of pat-a-cake, the first words of the nursery rhyme accompanying the game.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The profane clown plays verbal patty-cake with the racist latina nominee.

    Sotomayor stumped

  • Among the band's most deceptively complex fare, "Lotus Flower" weaves a spartan electronic bass line through a percussive game of patty-cake, while a billowing vocabulary of electronic sounds float into the picture, almost intravenously.

    Album review: Radiohead, "The King of Limbs"

  • In fact, the brief fifteen year history of the Third Reich and Hitler's persecution of the Jews was like playing patty-cake compared to what happened in the southern colonies and later states between 1700 and 1965 (the Civil Rights Act; may God bless Lyndon Johnson's soul).

    Apology not accepted, lawmaker says of McDonnell

  • I know several folks want to play patty-cake with b-cup.

    Think Progress » Matthews Tells Congressman Grayson That He Doesn’t Represent ‘The Real World Of Congress’

  • It's obvious that some Republican politicians have no problem with playing patty-cake with the violent kooks in their audience.

    Jack Bog's Blog: August 2009 Archives

  • In 2008 Bjorkman was seen backstage of the Charlie Rose show, playing patty-cake with a pink tu-tu clad Norman Mailer, one year after Mailer's death, thereby dispelling the icon's macho image forever.

    Poetipedia

  • Sure, there are some mercenaries who will overpay for bleacher seats, hoping to catch an eBay prize, but most Yankee fans are far more consumed with Andy Pettitte's groin, Derek Jeter's slump, and A.J. Burnett's post - meltdown dugout patty-cake routine to have emotion left for A-Rod.

    No. 600 Apathy All About the Juice

  • A few weeks ago we showed you a cute/ridiculous video of two cats playing patty-cake or at least they appeared to be that was just begging for a cat-to-English translation.

    Cats Playing Patty-Cake Get Much Needed Voice-Over (VIDEO)

  • He stopped playing patty-cake with Ted Kennedy and started listening to all the conservatives who oppose illegal immigration.

    New Republic Hit Piece On Ron Paul

  • Obama has also cut back on developing missile-defense systems home and abroad that can protect America from rogue regimes; he wants America to decrease its weapons stockpile and wants to play patty-cake with Iran and North Korea to beg them, pretty please with sugar on top, to halt their nuclear ambitions.

    OBAMA ZOMBIES

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