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pat-a-cake

[pat-uh-keyk] /ˈpæt əˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
a children's game in which a child claps hands alone and with another child while chanting a nursery rhyme.
Also, patty-cake.
Origin of pat-a-cake
1870-1875
1870-75; after the opening words of a rhyme that accompanies such play
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  • Even baby has its "pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake," and is lulled to sleep with visions of a coach and six little ponies.

  • Barby stooped to take the little terrier's head between her hands and pat-a-cake it back and forth with an affectionate caress.

    Georgina of the Rainbows Annie Fellows Johnston

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