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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PATTED

When she reached the car she patted it as if it had been a living creature.

He put his hand paternally upon my knee, and patted it softly.

And Mr. Beaufort patted the sleek neck of his favourite hunter.

Roland tucked the girl's hand beneath his arm and patted it down.

Miss Georgie laughed ruefully, and patted her pompadour absent-mindedly.

The Mother Superior passed by, and as we all curtseyed to her she patted my cheek.

He then patted my cheek, kissed my aunt's hand, and bowed to all the others.

"I've had kind of a poor morning," Adams said, as she patted his hand comfortingly.

"Don't you worry," her mother said, and patted her on the shoulder.

They patted him on the head and passed on, contented and pleased with their own daring.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "a blow, stroke," perhaps originally imitative of the sound of patting. Meaning "light tap with hand" is from c.1804. Sense of "that which is formed by patting" (as in pat of butter) is 1754, probably from the verb. Pat on the back in the figurative sense attested by 1804.

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