Rain was patting the Bermuda grass, and it was the only sound for several miles.
How uncomfortable would female TSA agents be patting down male passengers?
Turn the page, and there, in fresh ginghams, would be mom, baking pies with one hand while patting her towhead with the other.
Whether all this scanning and probing and patting down is enhancing our collective security is very much in doubt.
“Good work, Banzi,” Mugianis says, patting the “sometimes” tattoo that adorns her upper back.
Go it, Tuvvy,” cried one, patting him on the back; “go in and win.
"Not now," said Phil, patting his shoulder, with imperturbable good-nature.
The flapper, he saw, was patting his hand at the table's edge.
"I think I'll stay for the meeting," said Yates, approaching him and patting the horse.
In which attitude, with Mrs. Vint patting him approvingly on the back, they were surprised by Paul Carrick.
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.
"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.
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.).