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pat 1

v. pat·ted, pat·ting, pats
a. To tap gently with the open hand or with something flat.
b. To stroke lightly as a gesture of affection. See Synonyms at caress.
2. To mold by tapping gently with the hands or a flat implement.
1. To run or walk with a tapping sound.
2. To hit something or against something gently or lightly.
1. A light gentle stroke or tap.
2. The sound made by a light stroke or tap or by light footsteps.
3. A small mass shaped by or as if by patting: a pat of butter.
pat on the back
An expression or gesture of praise or approval: Let's give them a pat on the back for doing a good job.

[From Middle English, a blow, perhaps of imitative origin.]

pat 2

a. Suitable; fitting: "Suggestions about her reasons for going are made indirectly, lightly and ambiguously; no pat explanation is offered" (Janna Malamud Smith).
b. Fitting or satisfactory in a superficial or contrived way, especially in being trite or glib: "The dialogue is sometimes stilted and the ending too pat" (Leonard Malkin).
2. Games Being a poker hand that is strong enough to make drawing cards unlikely to improve it.
adv. Informal
Readily or perfectly as a result of memorization or familiarization: They've got the system down pat. He has the lesson pat.

[From pat.]

pat′ly adv.
pat′ness n.


point after touchdown


in an appropriate manner; fitly
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Halfway through, pic turns into the expected series of grotesque revenge killings, yet it still lacks emotional urgency and real scares--partly because the script is so patly set up to justify whatever havoc our protag wreaks.
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Although we have the masculine attempt to quell the female uprising, the novel ends patly with the women triumphant: "La Violaine is no longer a prison, and yet remains, as it should, under the sway of women" (185).