One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Very fast in taking one's gun from its holster.
- ‘The tourists who lost their lives were just two in thousands; the policeman, a bit quick on the draw, no doubt and on the trigger too, was acting in defense of his own daughter and over-reacted, but can he really be blamed?’
- ‘The worst corporate bandits are still likely to face a sheriff who's quick on the draw.’
- ‘Trench, ever quick on the draw, drew a shotgun out of his trench-coat and quickly pointed it at the abomination in their midst.’
- 1.1 Very fast in acting or reacting.
- ‘Many denunciations were defensive; there was a feeling that one had to be quick on the draw to survive.’
- ‘He obviously learned from past mistakes when he was too quick on the draw in dismissing three former senators.’
- ‘You've got to be very quick on the draw, because a horse can stumble leaving the gate, and you got plan A. All of a sudden, because of the break or the bad break, you have to go to plan B, and you've got to be able to adjust very quickly.’
- ‘If that is so, let's hope that the Western world is quicker on the draw than North Korea or Iran.’
- ‘Whether a suitable retort from a Scottish nationalist would be the nodding of his head, or whether he would be quicker on the draw with two fingers might be a moot point.’
- ‘The local sheriff's office was not exactly quick on the draw and so nothing was done.’
- ‘I'm surprised the conclusion was not that docs should be quicker on the draw so there would be no time for second thoughts.’
- ‘Experience and necessity - so many books, so little time - have made Ms. Hensley quick on the draw.’
- ‘He is friendly, enthusiastic and extremely quick on the draw, with a deep, booming voice.’
- ‘Eddie's hip, raw, and quick on the draw in his routine, meshing together the best of real life and news into a topical and funny performance.’
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