Definition of be quick (or slow) on the uptake in English:

be quick (or slow) on the uptake

phrase

informal
  • Be quick (or slow) to understand something.

    ‘he shows irritation with people who are slow on the uptake’
    • ‘‘The cargo industry is a bit slow on the uptake, compared to the air freight industry for example,’ he said.’
    • ‘Cricket has been slow on the uptake to see what mental practice can do.’
    • ‘He's a little slow on the uptake sometimes, but I still love him.’
    • ‘I realise that everyone else probably has seen this and read it all already, but I'm very slow on the uptake sometimes.’
    • ‘Intellectual activity can be rewarding, as you are creative and quick on the uptake.’
    • ‘It is beyond ridiculous to wait four hours in line to process a simple application, merely because the counter clerk is not quick on the uptake, and is unable to process work at a reasonable speed.’
    • ‘As always, I'm so slow on the uptake, it's deplorable.’
    • ‘He's obviously quick on the uptake, which helped with the project.’
    • ‘Never slow on the uptake, farmers didn't take long to spot an intriguing and lucrative opportunity.’
    • ‘This week, news departments that were slow on the uptake quickly found themselves out of step.’
    • ‘Some areas have been slow to do that, but other areas like Rochdale have been quick on the uptake of partnership work and I am delighted to see it is getting results.’
    • ‘I think we all know by now that I'm a little slow on the uptake.’
    • ‘They'll be quick on the uptake, so they'll understand your product or service more rapidly than most.’
    • ‘It's all the rest of us who have been slow on the uptake.’
    • ‘Prasad is a busy man and he is very quick on the uptake too.’
    • ‘He has an eagle eye for detail and is quick on the uptake.’
    • ‘You're not too quick on the uptake, but you have a heart of gold.’
    • ‘One media analyst said that many UK media companies, saddled with debts, and regional newspaper groups, have been slow on the uptake for this kind of time-saving technology.’
    • ‘It is tempting to deduce that unions are slow on the uptake, but another possibility is that the agenda of the union itself is not in perfect alignment with the interests of its members.’
    • ‘He's very quick on the uptake and is extremely focused.’
    simple-minded, simple, stupid, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, dull-witted, dull, dim-witted, slow-witted, slow, witless, half-witted, feeble-minded, dunce-like, cretinous, empty-headed, vacuous, vapid
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