an act or instance of offering praise or congratulation:
The winners indulged in a certain amount of mutual back-patting.
And in all this outpouring of sentiment, this hand-shaking and back-patting, nobody thought to offer a kind word to old Waddles.
Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
- Back pay
noun pay received by an employee from an increase awarded retrospectively Contemporary Examples Those employees may or may not get back pay when the shutdown ends. How the Government Shutdown Hurts National Security Josh Rogin September 29, 2013 Historical Examples On May 18, 1872, Congress passed a law for the restitution of back pay. A […]
- Back payment
noun See back pay
to retard the forward motion by pressing backward on the pedal, especially of a bicycle with coaster brakes. to retreat from or reverse one’s previous stand on any matter; shift ground: to back-pedal after severe criticism. Boxing. to retreat from an opponent, especially by stepping rapidly backward. Historical Examples Several times, when I wanted to […]
- Back plastering
the introduction of partitions of lath and plaster between the inner and outer surfaces of a stud wall in order to improve the insulating properties of the wall. parging applied behind the exterior brickwork of a wall in order to exclude moisture and air from the interior of the wall. Historical Examples It is seldom […]