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Pat yourself on the back

Episode 191220 / 20 Dec 2019

PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK

To pat yourself on the back is a figurative expression meaning to congratulate yourself for something. If you feel you've achieved something you are proud of, you can pat yourself on the back. You don't have to do it literally, though!

Example Sentences

  • You did really well in the exam! You should pat yourself on the back.
  • I bought a present to pat myself on the back for getting a new job. 
  • Don't pat yourself on the back yet – we haven't finished!

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