Word Originadverb late 16th cent.: related to pat (verb); apparently originally symbolic: a frequently found early use was hit pat (i.e. hit as if with flat blow).Idiomsadverbjump to other results
BrE BrE//pæt//; NAmE NAmE//pæt//
to know something perfectly so that you can repeat it at any time without having to think about it He had all the answers off pat.
have/know something off pat(British English)(North American English have/know something down pat)jump to other results
(especially North American English) to refuse to change your mind about a decision you have made or an opinion you have
stand patjump to other results