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Related to backslap: slap down, slap on the back


v. back·slapped, back·slap·ping, back·slaps
To demonstrate effusive goodwill.
To demonstrate effusive goodwill toward (another or others).

back′slap′per n.
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a slap on the back indicating joviality or congratulation
1. (tr) informal to slap (someone) on the back in congratulation
2. to display joviality (towards)
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Verb1.backslap - display excessive cordiality (towards)backslap - display excessive cordiality (towards); "he is always backslapping his colleagues at staff meetings"
behave, act, do - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
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So as Fine Gael gathered in Co Mayo to backslap each other on a job well done, the people who put their trust in them spent another night worrying how to make ends meet.
5, the Screen Producers Awards and various other guilds also backslap in November, ahead of the AFIs--held for the first time this year in December.
A woman who makes mistakes, gets knocked down, stands back up, and keeps going, delivering a backslap of retribution where it's deserved.
Instead of using his first transatlantic trip as Prime Minister to gladhand and backslap, he told some uncomfortable truths to George Bush and the United Nations.