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Pit-a-pat

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My heart goes pit-a-pat. Throbs, palpitates. “Pat” is a gentle blow (Welsh, ffat), and “pit” is a mere ricochet expletive. We have a vast number of such ricochet words, as “fiddle - faddle,” “harum - scarum,” “ding-dong,” etc.

“Anything like the sound of a rat

Makes my heart go pit-a-pat.”


Browning: Pied Piver of IIamenlin.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Pippa Passes
Piræus
Pirie’s Chair
Pirithoös
Pis-aller (French)
Pisanio
Piso’s Justice
Pistol
Pistols
Pistris, Pistrix, Pristis, or Pristrix
Pit-a-pat
Pitch
Pitch and Pay
Pitch into Him
Pitcher
Pitchers
Pithos
Pitri (plur. Pitaras)
Pitt Diamond or The Regent
Pitt’s Mark
Pitt’s Pictures or Billy Pitt’s Pictures