Curious Question #14 – Down Cold

Do you have all English idioms down cold? If you don’t know every English idiom, listen to this podcast to learn a couple more. The question this week is about the expression “to have something down cold.”

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Expressions included in the learning materials

  • To have something down cold / down pat
  • Down pat (an old poker expression?)
  • Specific situations for down cold / down pat
  • To come down with a cold

Sample transcript

Robin: “To have it down cold,” what does that mean? For example: “She has been rehearsing the play for months. She has her part completely down cold.” Could anyone give me some more examples?
Maura: “To have something down cold” means that you know something very well.
Robin: The meaning has absolutely nothing to do with “cold.”
Maura: Let’s look again at the example that we got with the question.
Robin: “She has been rehearsing the play for months. She has her part completely down cold.”
Maura: This means that she knows her part for the play very well. She knows every scene perfectly. She doesn’t make any mistakes because she has it down cold.

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