quick/slow off the mark

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

quick play
  1. : not dead : living, alive

  2. : acting or capable of acting with speed: such as

  3. : fast in understanding, thinking, or learning : mentally agile

  1. : living beings

  2. : a painfully sensitive spot or area of flesh (such as that underlying a fingernail or toenail)

  3. : the inmost sensibilities

  1. : in a quick manner

slow play
  1. : mentally dull : stupid

  2. : naturally inert or sluggish

  3. : lacking in readiness, promptness, or willingness

  1. : slowly

  1. : to make slow or slower : slacken the speed of

  2. : to go or become slower

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

mark play
  1. : a boundary land

  2. : a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers

  3. : something (such as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position

  1. : to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of

  2. : to plot the course of : chart

  3. : to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary

  1. : any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver

  2. : a unit of value:

  3. : an old English unit equal to 13s 4d

  1. : an early Jewish Christian traditionally identified as the writer of the Gospel of Mark —called also John Mark

  2. : the second Gospel (see 1gospel 1) in the New Testament — see Bible Table

  3. : a king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristram, and husband of Isolde


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