be quick on the draw


: to be quick about removing a gun from where it is kept : to quickly draw a gun and be ready to shoot it
often used figuratively
Critics may have been a little too quick on the draw.

Examples of be quick on the draw in a Sentence

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“Be quick on the draw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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