Get Something Down

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Get Something Down’

To get something down means to become skilled or proficient at something; to memorize something; to eat, drink, or swallow something; to write something down. 1get (something) down. (n.d.) Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. (2015). Retrieved August 19 2017 from

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The first two meanings, in regards to becoming skilled at something or memorizing something, are used with some common variations such as down pat or down cold.

To have something down pat or down cold means to have become perfectly proficient at it or to have learned or memorized something perfectly.

“I’ve practiced so much have my speech down pat. I’m even reciting it in my dreams.”

“After 30 years I can disassemble a computer without thinking about it. I have it down cold.”

Examples Of Use

“I think I’ve got this software program down. It’s very easy.”

“I can’t get these lines down for my new play, and the first rehearsal is tomorrow.”

“Tom didn’t even have time to get his lunch down before the boss called him into his office again.”

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1 get (something) down. (n.d.) Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. (2015). Retrieved August 19 2017 from
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