quick off the mark

quick off the mark

Very quick to react or take action. You have to be quick off the mark if you're going to be an emergency responder. If you aren't as quick off the mark with sales as your competitors, you're business is going to suffer this holiday season.
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quick off the mark

quick starting or reacting. (Compare this with slow off the mark.) Boy, you were quick off the mark there! If you can be really quick off the mark, you can soon find the answer.
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quick off the mark

Fast to start or try something, as in This physician is quick off the mark in trying the newest medications. This expression comes from various kinds of races, where mark indicates the starting point. It was being used figuratively from the mid-1900s on.
See also: mark, off, quick

quick off the mark

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone is quick off the mark, they are quick to respond to something, or to take advantage of an opportunity. He knows what it is like to have his privacy invaded — and has been quick off the mark to do something about it. There are bargains to be had in the sales but you need to be quick off the mark. Note: You can also say that someone is first off the mark, meaning that they respond more quickly than anyone else. Thompson always seems to be the first off the mark with a new trend. Note: You can also say that someone is slow off the mark, meaning that they are slow to respond. There have been complaints that the international relief efforts on behalf of the refugees were slow off the mark. Note: The `mark' in this expression is the line which runners stand behind at the start of a race.
See also: mark, off, quick
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VINCENT Gilliver was very quick off the mark to identify this scene from the early 1930s, which was taken from the Loughborough Echo archives.
Those you care for may not be as quick off the mark as you are to see what changes you need.
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The last tour from the 32-year-old Essex boy was a sell-out in 2015, so make sure you're quick off the mark when the tickets go on sale at 9.30am tomorrow.
You'd best be quick off the mark though; Specialbuys ranges get snapped up fast.
She said: "I tell him sweet FA." Turns out the reason for this was that he was always too quick off the mark to write a prescription and she was too ready to take it.
She has a lot of wit and charm and she is very quick off the mark. She doesn't take any flak.
FAIR play to the wits at Macclesfield Town FC who were particularly quick off the mark as another of FIFA's unsavoury characters began singing like a canary this week.
While some people are content to watch films and eat chocolates on Boxing Day others want to be quick off the mark to bag a bargain, meaning that the Metro Centre should be very busy on Friday.
And, even though it appears to still be Easter Sunday in Walford, the police aren't exactly quick off the mark as they finally turn up to question Lucy's family about her final movements.
I suppose it was just a matter of time before the new royal baby 'landed' in the school library and Franklin Watts has been quick off the mark.
Naturally, Labour were quick off the mark to get stuck in and eliver a kicking.
If you're ordering online, be aware delivery of furniture takes 7-10 days so you'll need to be quick off the mark if you want it in time for Christmas.
The second session was again almost one-way traffic as the Tomahawks were quick off the mark with six goals in the opening six minutes.
Although, it may not be the singer's style, the 24-year-old star has been quick off the mark to state her intent.