I speak American English *West Coast* and studied French, German and Spanish eons ago.
EAD 100416: Urban Dictionary contains 'down to the short strokes' with similar meaning. I am certain I heard/read 'digs' and am willing to call case closed, but not 'found.' Thanks for all the contributions. I've asked on whatwasthatone as well, so we shall see if anyone answers.
Happy World Animal Day, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.