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 Pistris, Pistrix, Pristis, or Pristrix.Pitch. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pit-a-pat.
 
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.   1
       
“Anything like the sound of a rat
Makes my heart go pit-a-pat.”
       
Browning: Pied Piver of IIamenlin.
 


 Pistris, Pistrix, Pristis, or Pristrix.Pitch. 

 
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