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Perfectly; to a point of flawless and effortless execution. (Typically "have or learn something off pat.") I made sure to learn my speech off pat before the ceremony so I wouldn't spend the whole time looking down at piece of paper. My sister is such a musical prodigy that she can have a song off pat after listening to it only once or twice.
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GAMBLING WISDOM "At 13 I memorised all the winners from 1780 and I still have them off pat as a foolproof cure for insomnia.
seven-seve eli GAMBLING WISDOM "At 13 I memorised all the Derby winners from 1780 and I still have them off pat as a foolproof cure for insomnia.
A huge bear of a man in strange clothes, Keith hasn't quite got this telly thing off pat yet.
England had lost both openers inside 12 overs, each after getting a start, Alex Hales driving Nathan Coulter-Nile inside out to cover and Jason Roy caught-behind chasing a wide one off Pat Cummins (four for 56).
Pat had just turned 20 and after Dixie's miss, Billy McNeill wanted a more experienced guy to go second and take the pressure off Pat.
1970 -- Ernie Banks hits his 500th career home run off Pat Jarvis in the Chicago Cubs' 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Wrigley Field.
The soap favourite also claimed that the decision to kill off Pat Butcher, played by Pam St Clement, was a "disgrace" and ultimately contributed to falling viewing figures.
Just as I launched into an explanation I have more or less off pat by now suddenly I had a flashback to an image of myself sitting on a restaurant terrace in GE[micro]reme having lunch with the friend who then owned what was to become my house.
A boundary each from the batsmen off Brad Hogg finally gave the innings some momentum in the 10th over, before Jamshed exploded with a six each off Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty.
If that doesn't wipe the self-satisfied smirk off Pat Kane's coupon, nothing will.
Jenkin has worked in a council office, that's for sure, and has the culture, the ambiance and the people off pat.
Neuheisel showed off Pat Larimore's warped facemask that was bent after a collision with Logan Paulsen.
Having spent months fielding similar questions, he had his answers off pat.
The Frenchman, who upset Goran Ivanisevic en route to the semi-finals here last year and knocked off Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis on his way to the semis the year before, said he knew the early break in the second wouldn't be enough.