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Meaning of "a slap on the back" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A SLAP ON THE BACK

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A SLAP ON THE BACK

a run for one´s money
A series
A shares
a shingle short
a shot across someone´s bows
a shoulder to cry on
a sight
a sight for sore eyes
A sizes
a slap in the face
a slap on the wrist
a soda
a sop to Cerberus
a spider´s web of sth
a sticky end
a stout heart
a stroke
a tad
a tall order
a taste of one´s own medicine

WORDS THAT END LIKE A SLAP ON THE BACK

back
back to back
bounce back
fall back
fight back
get back
go back
hit back
hold back
look back
lower back
on one´s back
pat on the back
pay back
pull back
put back
set back
sit back
slap on the back
take back
upper back

Synonyms and antonyms of a slap on the back in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «a slap on the back» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A SLAP ON THE BACK

Find out the translation of a slap on the back to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a slap on the back from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a slap on the back» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

上回一记耳光
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

una palmada en la espalda
570 millions of speakers

English

a slap on the back
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पीठ पर एक तमाचा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صفعة على الظهر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

шлепок по спине
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um tapa na parte de trás
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পিছনে একটি slap
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

une tape dans le dos
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tamparan di belakang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein Schlag auf den Rücken
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

背中に平手打ち
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

뒷면에 따귀
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tamparan ing mburine
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một cái tát vào lưng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மீண்டும் ஒரு அடி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मागे एक चापट मारणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Arkada tokat
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

una pacca sulla spalla
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Uderzenie z tyłu
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ляпас по спині
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

o palmă pe spate
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα χαστούκι στο πίσω μέρος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n klap op die rug
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en smäll på baksidan
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en dask på baksiden
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a slap on the back

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A SLAP ON THE BACK»

The term «a slap on the back» is quite widely used and occupies the 34.456 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A SLAP ON THE BACK» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a slap on the back

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A SLAP ON THE BACK»

Discover the use of a slap on the back in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a slap on the back and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
3 a slap on the back when someone hits you in a friendly way on the back in order to show praise for something you have done: He's won - give him a slap on the back. 4 a slap on the wrist informal a gentle warning or punishment: The judge ...
‎2008
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Untitled
3 a slap onthe backwhen someonehits youina friendly way on the back in order to show praise for something you have done: He'swon-give him a slap on the back. 4 a slap on the wrist informal a gentle warning or punishment: The judge gave ...
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Harrap's essential English Dictionary
2 If someone gives you a slap on the back, they give you their congratulations by hitting you with the flat of their hand in the middle of your back. 3 A slap on the wrist is a gentle punishment or mild warning. phrasal verb slap down (informal) If  ...
‎1996
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Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms
They applied for a permit and the building department slapped them down. a slap on the back See a pat on the back at pat slate wipe the slate clean to forget all past problems or mistakes and start something again ♢ Rogers hoped he could ...
Paul Heacock, 2003
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Chabers 21st Century Dictionary
a slap on the back colloq congratulations. • a slap on the wrist colloq, often facetious a mild reprimand. © 17c: from German dialect slapp slap and tickle o noun, humorous colloq kissing and cuddling; sexual activity of any kind. slap- bang o- ...
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Chambers Pocket Dictionary
a slap on the back (coll) congratulations. — a slap on the wrist (coll; often facet) a mild reprimand. [Ger dialect slapp; orig. imit.] slap and tickle n (coll humorous) kissing and cuddling; sexual activity of any kind, slap-bang adv (coll) 1 exactly or  ...
Elaine Higgleton, Howard Sargeant, Anne Seaton, 1992
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Boys' Life
If your doctor lets you run a hundred yard dash he will let you take a cold splash. A slap on the face with a feeling of cold, is interpreted by the body as a presence of danger and a need for instant action. A slap on the back means a friend, ...
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Oxford Thesaurus of English
1 a slap on the back they deserve a hearty slap on the back for their efforts: congratulations, commendation, approbation, approval, accolades, encomiums, compliments, tributes, a pat on the back, praise, acclaim, acclamation, a round of  ...
Maurice Waite, 2009
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Sticks and Stones : The Philosophy of Insults: The ...
While some consider backslappers crudely offensive, it is interesting that, in the vernacular of interactive gestures, a slap on the back is meant to be the opposite of an affront. The friendly assault from the rear that such a slap registers is ...
Santa Cruz Jerome Neu Professor of Philosophy University of California, 2007
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One Last Story and that is it
The Head of the Mossad never gave the son of the Head of the Mossad a slap on the back, for example. He never gave a slap on the back to anyone except Ehud and the deputy chief of intelligence, and even then it was only because the two ...
Etgar Keret, Miriam Shlesinger, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A SLAP ON THE BACK»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a slap on the back is used in the context of the following news items.
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Grand Rapids veterans of VFW Post 1720 continue to serve
A slap on the back and a thank you is what we like.” According to Howard Christman, who serves as trustee for Post 1720, members currently ... «Mesabi Daily News, Jul 15»
2
How old is 'old' when it comes to work?
Pretty generously, PwC gave us a slap on the back and told us New Zealand is the second best in the whole world for letting oldies keep their ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
3
Comets thrash unbeaten Rebels for Group 2 upset of season
... coach Colin Speed was glowing as he wandered around to give every player a few personal congratulatory words and a slap on the back. «Coffs Coast Advocate, Jun 15»
4
James Puz: Homeless veterans deserve our help
They are discharged and sent on their way with a slap on the back, the customary “Ya done good soldier” and a “Don't call us, we'll call you” ... «Winona Daily News, Jun 15»
5
Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Chatter: Swapping Rob Scuderi for Mike …
This would total around $5 million over the next four years to pay Scuderi to go away with a check and a slap on the back. And, many Pittsburgh ... «Pens Labyrinth, Jun 15»
6
TFC II Back Training after Hard Fought Draw
"[I] Gave him a slap on the back, saying good job and keep it up until the last whistle." said Roberts about what he told Thomas at that moment. «Waking The Red, Jun 15»
7
Nat Karta: the true godfather of Scottish pulp fiction
It may not have been the kind of synopsis to win a slap on the back from Creative Scotland but the old adage - never underestimate the taste of ... «Herald Scotland, Jun 15»
8
Greek debt crisis: Battle of nerves as rhetoric spirals
The diplomatic style of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker usually involves a slap on the back and a kiss on the cheek. «BBC News, Jun 15»
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Fuming Bristol Mayor George Ferguson sacks port-row councillor …
"This might get Mark a slap on the back from Labour activists, but it's a slap in the face for the people of Bristol." Share0 Share0 Tweet0 Share0. «Western Daily Press, Jun 15»
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Mayor George Ferguson defends sacking of Mark Bradshaw: "He …
"This might get Mark a slap on the back from Labour activists, but it's a slap in the face for the people of Bristol who want an administration that ... «Bristol Post, Jun 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. A slap on the back [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/a-slap-on-the-back>. May 2019 ».
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