quick/slow off the mark

quick/slow off the mark
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 [=I did not act quickly] and missed my chance.

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  • be quick (or slow) off the mark — be fast (or slow) in responding. → mark …   English new terms dictionary

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  • be quick off the mark — be quick/slow/off the mark informal phrase to react quickly slowly so that you get lose an advantage Some companies have been quicker off the mark than others. Thesaurus: to react to something …   Useful english dictionary

  • mark — 1 verb 1 MAKE A MARK (I, T) to make a mark on something in a way that spoils its appearance, or to become spoiled in this way: We were careful not to mark the paintwork. | The disease had marked her face for life. | It s a beautiful table, but it …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mark — mark1 [ mark ] noun count *** ▸ 1 area of dirt/oil etc. ▸ 2 level/stage/total etc. ▸ 3 something that shows a quality ▸ 4 printed/written symbol ▸ 5 school score ▸ 6 place you try to hit ▸ 7 official sign on something ▸ 8 unit of money in Germany …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mark */*/*/ — I UK [mɑː(r)k] / US [mɑrk] noun [countable] Word forms mark : singular mark plural marks 1) an area of an unpleasant substance such as dirt or oil on the surface of something that is different in colour from the rest There was a greasy mark on… …   English dictionary

  • slow — slow1 W2S2 [sləu US slou] adj comparative slower superlative slowest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not quick)¦ 2¦(taking too long)¦ 3¦(with delay)¦ 4¦(longer time)¦ 5¦(business)¦ 6¦(clock)¦ 7¦(not clever)¦ 8 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mark — [[t]mɑ͟ː(r)k[/t]] ♦♦ marks, marking, marked 1) N COUNT A mark is a small area of something such as dirt that has accidentally got onto a surface or piece of clothing. The dogs are always rubbing against the wall and making dirty marks... A… …   English dictionary

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