What does it mean?

Really got that look nailed down.

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    "nailed down" == did it very well. Or that he succeeded, or did it like he was a professional, or did it perfectly, etc.
    – F.E.
    Nov 20, 2014 at 7:55
  • @F.E. Please post answers as answers, not as comments. Nov 20, 2014 at 11:34
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    @DavidRicherby - There are many reasons people might want to leave a helpful comment, and not necessarily spend time writing a full-blown answer. Please stop leaving that response to helpful, valid comments.
    – J.R.
    Nov 20, 2014 at 11:37
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    Four close votes, but zero links to a dictionary. Before a fifth person casts a close vote, take this challenge: I'll show you a link to a dictionary; you tell me which of those three meanings coincide with the O.P.'s context: Link to nail down in Collins. This is a fair question (although it would have been better had the O.P. included a few definitions found on their own, with a comment along the lines of "None of these seem right.")
    – J.R.
    Nov 20, 2014 at 11:40

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Nailed down is a phrase similar to nailed it.

From this site

"Nailed It is a phrase used to express success after achieving something seemingly difficult with relative ease. Online, it is often found as a caption on image macros or in sarcastic commentary criticizing the quality of success, especially in response to attempts at recreating recipes or craft projects."

The site also lists the origin, spread and a few notable examples.

Also, the urban dictionary includes a similar definition.

  • So, it is sarcasm? Also what is "image macros" and what is "recipes of craft projects"?
    – Anixx
    Nov 20, 2014 at 10:23
  • And why he said not "The look nailed down" but "got nailed down"?
    – Anixx
    Nov 20, 2014 at 10:24
  • no, not always sarcasm. Sometimes it can express genuine astonishment at achieving something difficult. Image macro is a formal term for a meme - Image superimposed with funny text.
    – Mamta D
    Nov 20, 2014 at 10:31
  • And why he said not "The look nailed down" but "got nailed down"? --> This is because of grammar. It may be an idiom but the grammar still needs to be correct. Hence it is written this way.
    – Mamta D
    Nov 20, 2014 at 10:37

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