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Pat on the back


Receive recognition for good work. Affirmation of one’s efforts.¬† Esteem from one’s boss or peers. Sadly, sometimes a pat on the back is all you get for hard work. (Compare to Bust your buttons.)

“All that work I did on my own time for the boss’s report and all I got was a pat on the back.”

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