Posted by R. Berg on June 06, 2001
In Reply to: Off pat & Off your own bat posted by Ed Addis on June 06, 2001
: Any ideas as to the origins of these?
The alphabetical meanings-and-origins list on this website explains "on your Pat" as "on your own" (Cockney or Irish rhyming slang: "on your Pat Malone"). Maybe our British friends can tell us whether "off pat" is related. The Oxford Engl. Dict. traces "off his own bat" to cricket: "in reference to the score made by a player's own hits" and, figuratively, "solely by his own exertions, by himself."