Have Something Down to a Fine Art

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Meaning of Idiom 'To Have Something Down to a Fine Art'

To have something down to a fine art means to have achieved a very high level of skill or proficiency in a certain activity, usually through long experience. 1

See: Fine Art Idiom

Usage

"Politicians have lying down to a fine art."

"Many people can lay concrete, but this company, founded by Italian artisans, has it down to a fine art."

"Steve got selling down to a fine art when he was still a kid. He could sell hot coffee in a sauna."

Origin

This idiom the idiom fine art, dating from the first half of the 1800's, to the idiom get something down.

Sources
1. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.

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