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fine art

Something that requires finely-honed abilities and/or a particular expertise. Managing an entire team of people is a fine art—I don't think I could do it as well as Joann does.
See also: art, fine
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fine art

Something requiring highly developed techniques and skills, as in He's turned lying into a fine art, or The contractor excels in the fine art of demolition. This term alludes to the fine arts, such as music, painting, and sculpture, which require both skill and talent. It is now often used to describe anything that takes skill to do. [First half of 1800s]
See also: art, fine
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
For love is the enemy of haste; it takes count of passing days, of men who pass away, of a fine art matured slowly in the course of years and doomed in a short time to pass away too, and be no more.
And, as the writer of the article which started this train of thought says with lovable warmth, the sailing of yachts is a fine art.
In general, a fine art policy can cover a dealer in the event of theft, but it depends upon whether the act involved robbery, burglary, theft or "mysterious disappearance." According to Condon, in robbery, the theft is committed with the use of a weapon.