slow off the mark

slow off the mark

1. Slow, delayed, or hesitant to begin, react, or take action. From a runner who is slow to leave their mark (the spot designating their starting position in a race). Emergency responders were too slow off the mark in dealing with the victim's injuries, and he ended up with permanent brain damage as a result. You were a little slow off the mark on your last line. Your character is supposed to come in a little bit sooner after Marlene finishes her monologue. You simply cannot afford to be slow off the mark when an allegation like that rears its head against you or your company.
2. Not particularly bright, sharp-witted, or quick-thinking; slow to perceive or understand (something). Sorry about that mistake, I'm a little slow off the mark this morning. Joe's always been a bit slow off the mark when it comes to science and math.
See also: mark, off, slow

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.
Uncharacteristically slow off the mark,Audi has been forced to watch rivals such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz,Volvo,Lexus, Porsche and even its own Volkswagen stable mate win massive followings with their off- roaders.
HE was supposed to be a new beginning for the Tories but 48-year-old Iain Duncan Smith, the man who succeeded Norman Tebbitt as MP for Chingford, has been slow off the mark.
Unfortunately, the censors were a bit slow off the mark. The story had already appeared on the front page of the London Evening Standard and several provincial papers.
'I have spoken to lawyers around the country and Birmingham Children's Hospital was slow off the mark compared with other hospitals.
As someone who was never slow off the mark when it came to jokes about Michelle McManus (did you know her favourite musical instrument at school was the dinner bell), I must say she looked terrific on Monday's Loose Women.
"We were slow off the mark against Craven and I felt that just before the game we weren't taking it serious enough.
Councillor Down, the member for Caerwent, said, ``With the benefit of hindsight we were far too slow off the mark. We should have acted much sooner.
Mr Redwood said: "It's better late than never that the DTI wants to encourage British business to win contracts to rebuild Kosovo, but why have the Government been so slow off the mark? Didn't they realise that France and Germany were already ahead of the game?"
Michael Monaghan, Clydebank, said: 'With Celtic's track record for being slow off the mark, what are the chances of having a Chinese and/or a Japanese player signed by Thursday's European transfer deadline?
They led 7-5 from the foursomes after wins for Richard Broadley and Frazer Scholefield, Jack Oldroyd and Toby Garrett and Philip Coombes and Edward Brown, but went down in the top match in which Alex Kaye and Edward Oddy were slow off the mark and were quickly three down.
FRENCH stamp collectors are stuck on it - even if British philatelists, including we Welsh, are a little slow off the mark.
Marcus Tregoning is traditionally slow off the mark with his youngsters but there are strong vibes coming out of his West Ilsley's yard about MISTERAH.
But after the fiasco of Christmas last year when thousands of families were left in the dark because of a violent storm, NIE management was accused of being far too slow off the mark to deal directly with anxious customers caught up in the latest crisis.