down pat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown, but possibly a use of pat (light tap) in the sense of hitting the mark.

Adjective[edit]

down pat (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Thoroughly practiced, rehearsed, or understood; mastered.
    • 1913, Jack London, The Valley of the Moon, ch. 8:
      "She's got that Indian wrestlin' down pat, an' she's built for it."
    • 2008 Oct. 9, Clifford Coonan, "The Bruce Lee legend," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 4 Nov 2008):
      He has the look of Bruce Lee down pat, with the same defiant expression and spare but muscled frame.

Synonyms[edit]

off pat

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