slow off the mark

slow off the mark

 
1. Lit. slow in starting or reacting. (Compare this with quick off the mark.) If you are always that slow off the mark you will never win the race. Boy, you were slow off the mark there!
2. Fig. slow-witted. The guy's slow off the mark but very friendly. Yes, I'm afraid Tony is a bit slow off the mark when it comes to trigonometry.
See also: mark, off, slow
References in classic literature ?
A man who has been shut up for two days in a small room is seldom slow off the mark when a chance presents itself of taking exercise.
Hamilton was comparatively slow off the mark on an opening lap that saw McLaren's Fernando Alonso collide with Lotus's Pastor Maldonado.
The players must travel down to Dublin to take a Ryanair flight to Krakow after club officials were too slow off the mark to book both the board and the team together.
The remaining four are once again split into two groups for this first-to-five buzzer segment, but my teammate Clemmie and I are too slow off the mark for the first couple of questions, leading Osman to query whether our buzzers are actually working.
Honley were slow off the mark and rode their luck in the opening exchanges, when Jordan Robinson was lucky not to concede a penalty with a risky challenge on the edge of his box, but Peter Day ruled the tackle was a fair one and waved play on.
We are seeing many African ICT players slow off the mark, hesitant to expand into neighboring countries and losing the ICT market share race to major international players.
IT seems Mercedes may have been slow off the mark in the world of compact SUVs and crossovers.
his old club have been his old club have been too slow off the mark in too slow off the mark in the transfer race.
Although a bit slow off the mark they took fastest on the second stage and every stage thereafter to claim victory by just over one minute.
It may be a bit slow off the mark, with a 0-62mph time in excess of 14 seconds, but with average fuel consumption between 61.
A lot of the new teams are green to it all and they might be slow off the mark but they will get better.
Morrisons is also opening up to six convenience stores a week - another area where it's been slow off the mark.
On the government's woodland caribou conservation plan, Miller said the MNR is slow off the mark in releasing information on caribou population estimates and the animal's range.
Mind you, he's a little slow off the mark, though I wouldn't dream of making analogies with the Royal Mail about speed of service.
The EU has been widely depicted as being slow off the mark in reacting to the wave of popular unrest in the Arab world.