(to be) slow on the uptake



Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - slow on the uptake

"(to be) slow on the uptake"

not able to understand something quickly

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - slow on the uptake

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I think I am going to have to hire a tutor for my daughter.

Friend 2:  Is she struggling in school?

Friend 1:  She seems to be a little slow on the uptake when it comes to algebra.  It take her a long time to understand even the basic concepts.

Friend 2:  I suppose we can't be smart in everything.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - slow on the uptake

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I don't think the boss really understands the new SAP system.

Colleague 2:  But we've all had training and the system has been in place for three months already.

Colleague 1:  I guess the boss is slow on the uptake.





(to be) slow on the uptake - Usage:

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(to be) slow on the uptake - Gerund Form:

Being slow on the uptake, he doesn't always understand what is happening during meetings.



(to be) slow on the uptake - Examples:

1)  I suspect I was slow on the uptake, as most of the rest of the population had already realised ...

2)  It took some time (because I'm slow on the uptake) for me to understand the enormity of what went down in ...

3)  While I think many of the decision makers in the machine are slow on the uptake, there are a host of technology professionals deploying networks, communication, video, ...

4)  Sorry for being slow on the uptake here -- I wanted to blog this on Friday but was out of office and ...

5)  ... of someone you know: a real loser, someone who is slow on the uptake and never gets your jokes, ...

6)  ... was kept secret until 1998 (sorry but I'm a bit slow on the uptake with these sorts of things).

7)  ... and he is slow on the uptake it takes him a full season to figure out he has to change his formation ...

8)  I think we've been a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to Data usage and LTE will drive far more solutions, make ...

9)  I'm a bit slow on the uptake with books, and tend to be about a year behind the reviews in terms ...

10)  The disciples are slow on the uptake but gradually they begin to get the message.

11)  Baumgartner's character Kevin Malone vacillates between a bit slow on the uptake to close enough to mentally handicapped that even Holly Flax was fooled.

12)  And since you are a little slow on the uptake let me be clear: ...

13)  I'm a little slow on the uptake on economic matters and not all that savvy regarding such issues.

14)  But I am a bit slow on the uptake sometimes, I have my 'Duh-oh' moments more and more.

15)  ... this is no news flash, this is half a century slow on the uptake.

16)  I believe that there always have been people a little slow on the uptake when it comes to irony, and the Internet is a medium which loses much ...

17)  Unfortunately, I was super slow on the uptake. People kept telling me how beautiful my daughter was, but it's nothing ...

18)  Sorry for being slow on the uptake for you folks that figured that there is a linear term missing in the analysis ...

19)  ... is that he really isn't stupid. He starts off pretty slow on the uptake, but once he finds his feet, he continuously surprises everyone with little revelations ...

20)  I was slow on the uptake because I didn't think the world worked that way.