Quick -- What does "off pat" mean to an Australian?

Tom tomwhore@wsmf.org
Wed, 27 Mar 2002 15:07:53 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 28 Mar 2002, Kieron Lawson wrote:

--]Maybe he's mixed 'off by heart' & 'down pat'?
--]If so, 'down pat' means something like 'understood perfectly':


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A use of the phrase cane be found here


Readers' Comments in date order (see also deliberations-forum archive).
Subject: A Question of Choice From: James Atherton (jamesa@dmu.ac.uk), De
Montfort University Date: 11 Feb 2000 - 12:58 GMT At the risk (nay,
certainty) of being frivolous, the student could always phone a friend!
More to the point, although I am not a fan of MCQs, the dividing line
between your "intelligent guess" and knowing the right answer off pat, as
it were, is a very fine one. Surely students check their believed correct
answer with such a process of elimination in order to confirm that it is
in fact correct. That is why skill in writing distractors is such an
important component of MCQs: at least some of them should always be close
enough to the right answer to make the student think twice.