have something down to a fine art

have something down to a fine art

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have got something down to a fine art

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If you have an activity down to a fine art, you know the best way of doing it because you have done it a lot. They've got fruit retailing down to a fine art. You can be sure that your pears will ripen in a day. Shopping for food is the biggest problem, though she has it down to a fine art. `I go to the cheapest shops and buy only frozen or canned goods'.
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have (or get) something down to a fine art

achieve a high level of skill, facility, or accomplishment in some activity through experience.
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have something down to a fine ˈart

(informal, often humorous) learn through experience how to do something perfectly: I found it difficult to organize the timetables at first, but now I’ve got it down to a fine art.She has complaining in restaurants down to a fine art! Head waiters are terrified of her.
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