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have something off (or down) pat

Definition of have something off or down pat in English:

Have something memorized perfectly: she has her answer off pat
More example sentences
  • It is not so much a question of what makes a criminal - Lucy has the answers off pat, ‘poverty, a failing system of education and the values of a monetarist society’ - but who exactly is the criminal and to what degree?
  • I'm so used to this sort of attack that I now have my response off pat.
  • Obviously Amazon and Allmusic have the basics down pat - simple catalogue-related facets of a release, which make it easy to find and sell music.
Synonyms
memorize, commit to memory, remember, retain, learn by heart, learn, learn by rote, impress on the memory, become word-perfect in
archaic con
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