(to be) quick on the draw

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - quick on the draw

"(to be) quick on the draw"

to be able to react quickly to a situation


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - quick on the draw

A teacher is working with her students in a classroom ...

Teacher:  Who can tell me what the capital city of Columbia is?

Student:  It's Bogotá.

Teacher:  Wow, that was a fast answer.  You sure are quick on the draw.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - quick on the draw

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You look a little upset.

Friend 2:  Jack and I were just driving down the freeway and a guy on a motorcycle drove right in front of the car.

Friend 1:  What happened?

Friend 2:  Luckily Jack was quick on the draw and managed to brake in just enough time not to hit the motorcyclist.

(to be) quick on the draw - Usage:


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(to be) quick on the draw - Gerund Form:

Being quick on the draw, she had the answer ready for her boss.

(to be) quick on the draw - Examples:

1)  But Skate Canada is a little quick on the draw to insert itself into any media opportunity and divert attention to its personnel instead of ...

2)  You need intelligence to be as quick on the draw as you can be sometimes.

3)  Cameron was quick on the draw, but Brown was a machine gun.

4)  ... or 84, or older? You aren't as " quick on the draw " as it were, in regards to noticing what is going on around you ...

5)  Moody's was quick on the draw, too, coming out within hours of the election result to warn it would ...

6)  Quick on the draw means you answer a question quickly or solve a problem quickly.

7)  Politicians need to be quick on the draw when answering journalists' questions. 

8)  You'll have to be quick on the draw to make words out of letters as they fall but don't worry, they ...

9)  Children are quick so you have to be quick on the draw too.

10)  ... probably get some good rankings as no one else with be as quick on the draw as you are.

11)  ... the resulting lack of thought before the shutter is released. Quick on the draw and not enough careful consideration.

12)  ... an airlines travel bag over her head. Michael Hawley -- ever quick on the draw -- claims this as his next Halloween costume.

13)  As an obsessive professional, I was admittedly quick on the draw.

14)  Y'all were a bit too quick on the draw last time blaming that evil, cave-dwelling, Muslim mastermind.

15)  I'm not as quick on the draw at reading people as my husband and other NT folks.

16)  You need to be quick on the draw. If you're slow, you miss a lot of great opportunities.

17)  Brandi is quick on the draw when someone attacks her and turns it around on the person.

18)  ... when you are contemplative, it makes you seem not as quick on the draw.

19)  If you're quick on the draw and can articulate in your cover letter your objectives for taking a new career direction, then you can convince them to bring you in to the interview phase.

20)  They're pretty witty guys, quick on the draw. You don't have much time to respond to those guys.