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  • v. To make a series of quick tapping sounds; to palpitate
  • n. A series of quick tapping sounds
  • adv. With a quick tapping sound


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  • Still, the pit-a-pat of my heart, the smile that thoughts of him bring to my lips, the desire to share and confide, tell me that I am breaking out of my shell, embracing hope and new life, ready to give and receive love.

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  • Then I bade good-bye to my friends, and with my heart going pit-a-pat, slouched down the street and took my place at the end of the line.


  • A small boat now appeared in front of the large mountain, heading slowly but surely into the fjord, breaking the calm surface with its wake and the silence with the low pit-a-pat of its engine.

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  • Up until Tuna spokeof pliers, my zone of attention had shrunk to the little world in the bow ofthe boat and the space between me and a marlin that was sometimes near and wasnow far, far below, his existence betrayed only by the steady pit-a-pat ofenergy reaching me through line, rod, cramping hand, lazy arm.

    Howell Raines' South Pacific Marlin Fishing Adventure

  • In those days, you didn't arrive at some grand function, wait with your heart going pit-a-pat, and then stumble to the stage when your name was announced.

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  • While she went on, I stooped, and pulled up a good handful of the grass, and in it a bit of paper, which I put instantly in my bosom, and dropt the grass: and my heart went pit-a-pat at the odd adventure.


  • How my heart then went pit-a-pat, to speak in the female dialect.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But the thing that makes my heart go pit-a-pat is how smart he is, what a diplomat, how he understands the workings of the state.

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  • And there he was, alone in the dark with Papa, his heart going pit-a-pat.

    Ultima Thule

  • She laid down her needlework; her heart was going pit-a-pat.

    Australia Felix


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