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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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TONY COUSINS laughed off Pat Flynn's madcap Twitter antics - before revealing his defender won't play again this season.
Greg Rusedski beat Guy Forget 6-3 7-6(7-5) and Stefan Edberg saw off Pat Cash 6-4 6-3 in last night's Group B Masters openers.
The first winner, Picot de Say, isn't from these parts, but he's Welsh, and assistant trainer Steve Blackwell seems to have the country thing off pat. "We got him from John Berry," says Steve, "and he was typical Newmarket, scatty and headstrong, so we took him back to the Valleys to get him chilled out and happy."
"Andy and I even had the words of Flower of Scotland off pat by the time the lads lifted the ICC Trophy.
FACE-OFF Colin Keane, blue & white silks, on Tennessee Wildcat holds off Pat Smullen-ridden Captain Joy last night
The physical resemblance to Frankie is remarkable (below) and Little Britain star Walliams has the facial tics and eccentric vocal delivery off pat - though he admits he has been practising for a long time.
Audrey, a retired company secretary with a 32-year-old son, recalled: "On the morning of the wedding there were tears dripping off Pat's nose.
Business Success has got his starting off pat at just the right time and will make a bold bid up the inside.
"We've taken five points off Pat's this season, that's not bad against one of the top sides.
You need to be able to say these tongue twisters off pat if you are going to be a vet these days.
TAKING IT OFF PAT: Pataca; has claimed Gers are in for him