have (got) (something) down to a science

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Definition of have (got) (something) down to a science

: to be able to do (something) in a quick and efficient way
  • He travels so much that he's got packing his clothes down to a science.

Word by Word Definitions

got
  1. : past tense and past participle of get

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

science play
  1. : the state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding

  2. : a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study

  3. : something (such as a sport or technique) that may be studied or learned like systematized knowledge


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