Definition of be quick (or slow) off the mark in English:

be quick (or slow) off the mark

phrase

  • Be fast (or slow) in responding to a situation or understanding something.

    ‘he was quick off the mark with girls’
    • ‘Although Banbridge were quick off the mark with their scoring, the Burren boys were just as quick to get back into the game and soon took control for the remainder of the match.’
    • ‘He and everybody else were slow off the mark as the terrorist threat emerged in the mid 90's.’
    • ‘The Left has been slow off the mark in identifying the obvious American responsibility for that event.’
    • ‘The city's snow - clearing trucks were slow off the mark, leaving angry shopkeepers to shovel their pavements.’
    • ‘So, as soon as he made a serious gaffe - as he did - they were quick off the mark to call for his ouster.’
    • ‘Some filling stations in Galway were quick off the mark on Budget night when they immediately at 12 midnight increased the price as stipulated in the Budget.’
    • ‘Ford, too, has been slow off the mark but is catching up fast after it recently licensed hybrid technology from Toyota, while also giving a bit of its own technology back.’
    • ‘Of course being the day that it was, local papers were quick off the mark and Serena was asked to sign a consent form so that the hospital could give details of the birth to the press.’
    • ‘They'll be glad they were quick off the mark because the practice has now been stopped by the director of New York's office of emergency management.’
    • ‘Police were quick off the mark and they were here really fast.’
    alert, quick, quick-witted, bright, clever, perceptive, sharp, sharp-witted, observant, wide awake
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