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Noun
A quick, light touch with the hand
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“I had already begun to pull away when he hastily returned the embrace, giving me a quick pat on the back.”
Noun
A compact mass of soft material
“The peas are covered in salted water, cooked until tender, seasoned with a pat of butter and served.”
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A gentle or loving touch
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A brief application of a piece of absorbent material to a surface
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An general act of touching someone or something
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A repeated light tapping
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An act of rubbing something
Verb
To touch quickly and gently with the flat of the hand
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“Tessa rolls her eyes, and actually has the nerve to pat me consolingly on the shoulder.”
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To dab lightly and quickly to clean or wipe away
“I clasped and unclasped my handbag and attempted to discreetly pat the perspiration from my brow.”
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To hit lightly and repeatedly with to make flat or to change the shape of
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“On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a circle about seven inches in diameter.”
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To hit or strike someone or something
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To move lightly like fluff
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Make a repeated light tapping sound
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Give or ascribe a significant amount of attention or importance to
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Light touch
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To dry (a wet surface or substance) using an absorbent material
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To cause (someone) amusement or pleasure
Adjective
Stubbornly sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action
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“Fess signaled his retirement by heaving protesting voters' letters into his capacious wastebasket and indicating that he would stand pat on his opinions and record.”
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Appropriate, relevant or suitable for the occasion
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“Representatives of the newsprint mills have a pat comment when queried about these rumors.”
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Simple and somewhat glib or unconvincing
“I'm not sure that I can give a pat answer to that, or that any of us should give a pat answer as a description for any component of our lives.”
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Implied or inferred
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Not able to be disputed or doubted
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Black and white
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Not moving or not intended to be moved
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Adverb
At exactly the right moment or in the right way
“This announcement came rather pat on the Nun's reflections.”
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In a manner or way that could not be better
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