dar una palmadita

A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. to give a pat
"¡Felicidades!" le dijo Jorge a su amigo, y le dio una palmadita en la espalda."Congratulations!" said Jorge to his friend, and gave him a pat on the back.
b. to give a light tap
Mercedes le dio una palmadita a Javier en el hombro para que supiera que estaba detrás de él.Mercedes gave a light tap to Javier on the shoulder to let him know that she was behind him.
c. to pat
La madre le dio una palmadita a su hija en la cabeza y le dijo: "¡Qué bien te portaste hoy!"The mother patted her daughter on the head and said, "You behaved so well today!"
d. to tap
Estaba hablando con Juan cuando noté que alguien me daba una palmadita en el brazo.I was talking to Juan when I noticed someone tapping me on the arm.
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