quick/slow off the mark


: quick or slow to act or to understand something
As soon as the opportunity arose, he was quick off the mark in exploiting it.
I was slow off the mark and missed my chance.

Examples of quick/slow off the mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The epigraph page alone gestures toward the Gospel of Luke, Cosa Nostra murders, communist atrocities and, for anyone still slow off the mark, Dachau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Louis Bayard, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2023 The government has faced criticism from leading scientists, labor unions and opposition parties for being slow off the mark in securing the vaccines. S'thembile Cele, Bloomberg.com, 15 Jan. 2021 Rapidly developing China is enjoying a golden age of dinosaur discoveries, but Xing said that paleontologists like him have to be quick off the mark. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 July 2022 Producers, theater owners and artistic directors haven’t been quick off the mark. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 British medics were quick off the mark with early approvals for the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccines, and the roll-out has recently sped up. The Economist, 16 Jan. 2021 After opening with a loss to Chelsea, Brighton was quick off the mark to secure the win over Newcastle. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 20 Sep. 2020

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