the practice of making a loud and effusive display of friendliness, cordiality, etc., as by slapping persons on the back.
to subject to backslapping.
to engage in backslapping.
a hearty slap on the back given as a token of affability or congratulation:
The bridegroom received many a warm handshake and backslap.
Only the Governor’s back-slapping mediation had allowed them to reach a politically stable relationship.
A Mixture of Genius Arnold Castle
Isn’t the thing he lacks the back-slapping jocosity that passes for humor here?
Main Street Sinclair Lewis
Here happened that accident of the back-slapping so frequently alluded to by her ladyship.
All Sorts and Conditions of Men Walter Besant
Such hand-shaking and back-slapping and outcries of honest pleasure as greeted him!
Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North Fullerton Waldo
Loud, back-slapping men, gabbling endlessly about baseball players.
A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
energetically jovial; hearty
Demonstratively friendly: the back-slapping jocosity that passes for humor here (1777+)
to attempt to discredit (a person) by underhanded means, as innuendo, accusation, or the like.
to attempt to discredit (a person) by underhanded means, as innuendo, accusation, or the like. Contemporary Examples The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Happy, back-stabbing Homemaker Before White played a golden girl, she played a mean girl. Betty White’s 15 Funniest Moments The Daily Beast Video January 16, 2010 noun actions or remarks that are […]
a wall, wire screen, or the like, serving to prevent a ball from going too far beyond the normal playing area. Baseball. the catcher. a person or thing that serves as a support, safeguard, or reinforcement: There were technicians on board as backstops to the automated controls. to act as a backstop. to act as […]
stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles: The movement suggests a back-to-basics approach to living for those whose lives have become complicated. emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects as reading, arithmetic, grammar, or history in a traditional way.