slow on the uptake

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of slow on the uptake

: slow to comprehend
  • Being slow on the uptake, I didn't realize what was going on at first.

Word by Word Definitions

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

uptake play
  1. : understanding, comprehension

  2. : a flue leading upward

  3. : an act or instance of absorbing and incorporating especially into a living organism, tissue, or cell


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