Have Something Down to a Fine Art

Also: Get something down to a fine art

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

See: Fine Art Idiom

Examples Of Use

“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.”

Have something down to a fine art idiom meaning

Origin

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

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