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pat-down

[pat-doun] /ˈpætˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
an act or instance of passing the hands over the body of a clothed person to detect concealed weapons, drugs, etc.; frisking.
Also, pat down.
Origin
noun use of verb phrase pat down

pat1

[pat] /pæt/
verb (used with object), patted, patting.
1.
to strike lightly or gently with something flat, as with a paddle or the palm of the hand, usually in order to flatten, smooth, or shape:
to pat dough into flat pastry forms.
2.
to stroke or tap gently with the palm or fingers as an expression of affection, approbation, etc.
3.
to strike (the floor, ground, etc.) with light footsteps.
verb (used without object), patted, patting.
4.
to strike lightly or gently.
5.
to walk or run with light footsteps.
noun
6.
a light stroke, tap, or blow with the palm, fingers, or a flat object.
7.
the sound of a light stroke or of light footsteps.
8.
a small piece or mass, usually flat and square, formed by patting, cutting, etc.:
a pat of butter.
Idioms
9.
a pat on the back, a word of praise, congratulations, or encouragement:
Everyone needs a pat on the back now and then.
10.
pat down, to pat or pass the hands over the body of (a clothed person) to detect concealed weapons, drugs, etc.
11.
pat on the back, to praise, congratulate, or encourage:
The boss patted him on the back for the deal he made yesterday.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English pat blow, stroke, apparently of expressive orig.
Related forms
unpatted, adjective
Synonyms
8. square, cake, dab.
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British Dictionary definitions for pat down

pat1

/pæt/
verb pats, patting, patted
1.
to hit (something) lightly with the palm of the hand or some other flat surface: to pat a ball
2.
to slap (a person or animal) gently, esp on the back, as an expression of affection, congratulation, etc
3.
(transitive) to shape, smooth, etc, with a flat instrument or the palm
4.
(intransitive) to walk or run with light footsteps
5.
(informal) pat someone on the back, to congratulate or encourage someone
noun
6.
a light blow with something flat
7.
a gentle slap
8.
a small mass of something: a pat of butter
9.
the sound made by a light stroke or light footsteps
10.
(informal) pat on the back, a gesture or word indicating approval or encouragement
Word Origin
C14: perhaps imitative

pat2

/pæt/
adverb
1.
Also off pat. exactly or fluently memorized or mastered: he recited it pat
2.
opportunely or aptly
3.
stand pat
  1. (mainly US & Canadian) to refuse to abandon a belief, decision, etc
  2. (in poker, etc) to play without adding new cards to the hand dealt
adjective
4.
exactly right for the occasion; apt: a pat reply
5.
too exactly fitting; glib: a pat answer to a difficult problem
6.
exactly right: a pat hand in poker
Word Origin
C17: perhaps adverbial use (``with a light stroke'') of pat1

pat3

/pæt/
noun
1.
(Austral, informal) on one's pat, alone; on one's own
Word Origin
C20: rhyming slang, from Pat Malone

Pat

/pæt/
noun
1.
an informal name for an Irishman
Word Origin
from Patrick
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Word Origin and History for pat down

pat

n.

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.

adv.

"aptly, suitably, at the right time," 1570s, perhaps from pat (adj.) in sense of "that which hits the mark," a special use from pat (n.) in sense of "a hitting" of the mark. The modern adjective is 1630s, from the adverb.

v.

1560s, "to hit, throw;" meaning "to tap or strike lightly" is from 1714; from pat (n.). Related: Patted; patting. The nursery rhyme phrase pat-a-cake is known from 1823. Alternative patty-cake (usually American English) is attested from 1794 (in "Mother Goose's Melody, or Sonnets for the Cradle," Worcester, Mass.).

Pat

as a fem. proper name, short for Patricia. As a masc. proper name, short for Patrick; hence a nickname for any Irishman.

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Related Abbreviations for pat down

PAT

point after touchdown
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Idioms and Phrases with pat down

pat

In addition to the idiom beginning with pat also see: stand pat
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