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

be quick (or slow) on the uptake

phrase

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You're not too quick on the uptake, but you have a heart of gold.’
    • ‘Cricket has been slow on the uptake to see what mental practice can do.’
    • ‘He has an eagle eye for detail and is quick on the uptake.’
    • ‘I think we all know by now that I'm a little slow on the uptake.’
    • ‘This week, news departments that were slow on the uptake quickly found themselves out of step.’
    • ‘As always, I'm so slow on the uptake, it's deplorable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's very quick on the uptake and is extremely focused.’
    • ‘It's all the rest of us who have been slow on the uptake.’
    • ‘He's a little slow on the uptake sometimes, but I still love him.’
    • ‘Never slow on the uptake, farmers didn't take long to spot an intriguing and lucrative opportunity.’
    • ‘I realise that everyone else probably has seen this and read it all already, but I'm very slow on the uptake sometimes.’
    • ‘Prasad is a busy man and he is very quick on the uptake too.’
    • ‘He's obviously quick on the uptake, which helped with the project.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They'll be quick on the uptake, so they'll understand your product or service more rapidly than most.’
    • ‘‘The cargo industry is a bit slow on the uptake, compared to the air freight industry for example,’ he said.’
    • ‘Intellectual activity can be rewarding, as you are creative and quick on the uptake.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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