be quick on the draw

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be quick on the draw

1. Literally, to be very quick at drawing one's gun in readiness to shoot it. The gunfighter was so quick on the draw that he often shot his enemies before they reached their own gun.
2. By extension, to understand, anticipate, or react to a given situation or circumstance very quickly. You have to be quick on the draw if you want to get ahead in the world of business. Faced with criticism by environmentalists, the company's PR rep was quick on the draw and pointed out its important role in job creation for the local community. John is quick on the draw to defend himself when criticized.
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be quick on the draw

to be fast at understanding or reacting to a situation He was quick on the draw answering the reporter's questions. (mainly American)
See also: draw, on, quick