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PAT. adj.

PAT. adj.

PAT. adj. [from pas, Dutch, Skinner.] Fit; convenient;
exactly suitable either as to time or place. This is a low word,
and should not be used but in burlesque writings.
Pat pat; and here’s a marvellous convenient place for our
rehearsal. Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Now I might do it pat, now he is praying. Shakesp.
They never say two things so pat,
In all respects, as this and that. Hudibras, p. ii.
Zuinglius dreamed of a text, which he found very pat to his
doctrine of the Eucharist. Atterbury.
He was surely put to’t at the end of a verse,
Because he could find no word to come pat in.  Swift.