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.
Federer, too, was relatively slow off the mark by modern standards.
We were really slow off the mark from the first whistle and when you're chasing goals and a team is defending in numbers, it's difficult.
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has accused Carwyn Jones of being slow off the mark in responding to the Brexit vote.
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.
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.
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.
On the other hand, Peel has been slow off the mark when it comes to competing with their rivals.
It's not good enough being slow off the mark when local jobs are at risk.