down cold, have

Learn or accomplish perfectly. For example, I have this song down cold. The slangy use of cold for “completely” dates from the late 1800s and the phrase itself from about 1900.


Nearby words

  1. dowly,
  2. down,
  3. down and dirty,
  4. down and out,
  5. down card,
  6. down east,
  7. down for the count,
  8. down in the dumps,
  9. down on,
  10. down on one's luck

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