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  • v. Present participle of pat.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Hmmm. This bit of Bryan and Robin patting each other on the brain is beginning to suggest that maybe GMU has too many blogs; they are continually puffing each other up.

    Robin Hanson's Intelligence Continues to Amaze Me, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • And a diversion, he said. we do not have to begin patting myself back as well as think, what we found today.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Okay, I don't usually indulge in patting-self-on-the-back, but I'm so excited about my new watch I just had to show it off.

    My Excellent New Watch

  • Madame Joyselle sat patiently by her, stroking her shoulders with a kind hand, murmuring little broken phrases in French, patting her hair.

    The Halo

  • Outsiders – mothers of prim daughters, whom Norah pictured as finding their wildest excitement in "patting a doll" – were wont to deplore that the only daughter of David Linton of Billabong was brought up in an eccentric fashion, less girl than boy; but outsiders are apt to cherish delusions, and Norah was not without her share of gentle accomplishments.

    Mates at Billabong

  • Even after that, a long time elapsed before the man and woman succeeded in patting him.

    Brown Wolf

  • His arm (one I recall patting the top of his smelly dog: an animal whose hairs, aligned tailward, emit the grainy flake of fleas when scratched) emits a hose — he endures

    no carrots

  • Advantage: Avatar, because even though Hollywood likes the prospect of money, they like the idea of patting themselves on the back for making a shitton of it even more.


  • With only the leader through the rod tip, lower the fly to the surface, let it drift a few inches, then pick it up and set it down again, essentially "patting" or "dapping" the fly on the water — mimicking precisely the behavior of an egg-laying caddis or mayfly.

    10 Tactics for Catching More Trout on Flies

  • AB: I read that as 'patting' and thought 'oh she used her job to get a dog'.

    Studies in G major


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