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be (a little) slow on the uptake

To struggle to understand something. This phrase is often used as a euphemism for stupidity. Joe's a nice kid, but tutoring him is a challenge because he's a little slow on the uptake, you know? That group is slow on the uptake, so I don't know if they'll ever understand how to use this fancy new printer.
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slow on the uptake

Stupid or dimwitted; slow or unable to understand something. Jim's a little slow on the uptake, so you might want to check that he's following your instructions. I was always a bit slow on the uptake as a kid, so school was never my favorite place to be.
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be quick on the uptake

To be able to grasp or understand something easily. She's pretty quick on the uptake, so I'm sure she'll figure out the directions you left her.
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quick on the uptake

quick to understand or learn something. Just because I'm not quick on the uptake, it doesn't mean I'm stupid. Mary understands jokes before anyone else because she's so quick on the uptake.
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on the uptake

In understanding or comprehension. This term is most often put as quick on the uptake, for readily understanding something, and slow on the uptake, for being slow to comprehend. For example, Shirley will have no trouble learning that new computer program-she's very quick on the uptake . It alludes to absorbing ("taking up") information. [Early 1800s]
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slow on the uptake

If someone is slow on the uptake, they take a long time to understand or realise things. It's not like you to be slow on the uptake, Grace. He is quite anxious sometimes, and a bit slow on the uptake. Note: You can say that someone is quick on the uptake to mean that they understand or realise things very quickly. He is quick on the uptake and knows exactly which points to pick up.
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be quick (or slow) on the uptake

be quick (or slow) to understand something. informal
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be ˌquick/ˌslow on the ˈuptake

(informal) understand things quickly/understand even simple things with difficulty: He’s a very good worker but he’s a bit slow on the uptake sometimes. You have to explain everything twice.
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Effect of pesticides on net nitrate uptake: Effect of pesticides on net nitrate uptake was determined by measuring the depletion of nitrate in the assay medium (Brownlee and Arst, 1983; Akhtar et al.
3]-N on lettuce biomass and aboveground N uptake, 2013 trial; water NO[sub.
Application of phosphorus and zinc at different rates convincingly affected plant Zn uptake (Table 2).
This year, the average amount received by people benefiting from the uptake campaign is 65 per week, thats 280 a month, money which is much needed in these difficult times.
Few data are available for the parameterization of a time-variant uptake of PBDEs in Australia.
The value of the dye uptake was the result, as follows, dye uptake (%) = ([m.
Cytotoxicity and cellular uptake of beta-lactoglobulin nanoparticles: Quantitative studies
For iron uptake experiments, the cells were seeded at a density of 40,000 cells/[cm.
The reconstructed images were converted to standardized uptake value (SUV) images with patient's body weight and injected dose of FDG.
The present study analyses the effect of eugenol, arecoline and vanillic acid alone and in combination with two oral hypoglycemic drugs (OHD), namely, metformin and 2,4-thiazolodinedione (THZ), on 2-deoxyglucose (2DG) uptake in L6 myotubes.
Uptake of the 2009 influenza A(HlNl) vaccine by the American public showed a striking state-by-state variation, ranging from a high of 39% in Rhode Island to a low of 13% in Mississippi, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Led by Professor Andrew Watson of University of East Anglia's (UEA's) School of Environmental Sciences, the researchers used a network of commercial ships carrying chemical sensors in their engine rooms, combined with other information such as satellite observations of sea surface temperature, to map the uptake of atmospheric CO2 by the entire North Atlantic Ocean.
A NORTH East council is leading the way in providing healthy food to children with one of the highest school meal uptake rates in the UK.