quick off the mark

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.
See also: mark, off, quick

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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The first half was evenly contested and the scores remained unchanged at the break, but the Teessiders were quick off the mark following the change of ends and they broke the deadlock with a strike from Adam Hobson 10 minutes after the restart.
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.
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.
Both captains agreed to cut the length of the game to 35 minutes a half and when the match restarted, Park were quick off the mark, Jack Ashcroft scoring a well-taken try, again converted by Hall, who scored a penalty with the last play of the half to leave the interval score at 17-0.
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.
Naturally, Labour were quick off the mark to get stuck in and eliver a kicking.
Bookies have been quick off the mark to give 9/1 odds on Cardiff's favourite Voice of an Angel, Charlotte, taking his place.
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.
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