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pitapat

[pit-uh-pat] /ˈpɪt əˌpæt/
adverb
1.
with a quick succession of beats or taps:
Her heart beat pitapat with excitement.
noun
2.
the movement or the sound of something going pitapat:
the pitapat of hail on a roof.
verb (used without object), pitapatted, pitapatting.
3.
to go pitapat.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; imitative gradational compound
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British Dictionary definitions for pita-patting

pitapat

/ˌpɪtəˈpæt/
adverb
1.
with quick light taps or beats
verb -pats, -patting, -patted
2.
(intransitive) to make quick light taps or beats
noun
3.
such taps or beats
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