on the uptake

on the uptake
   Someone who is quick or slow on the uptake is quick or slow to understand what is meant.
   

Please explain the problem in simple words - I'm a bit slow on the uptake!


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  • on the uptake — If someone is quick on the uptake, they understand something quickly, but if they re slow on the uptake, it takes them a long time to get it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • on the uptake — adverb In understanding or in the ability to absorb new information; especially in the phrases quick on the uptake and slow on the uptake …   Wiktionary

  • quick on the uptake — {adj. phr.} Smart; intelligent. * /Eleanor is very witty and quick on the uptake./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • quick on the uptake — {adj. phr.} Smart; intelligent. * /Eleanor is very witty and quick on the uptake./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be quick on the uptake — be quick/slow/on the uptake informal phrase to take a very short long time to understand or realize something I’m sorry, I’m being a bit slow on the uptake: what do you mean? Thesaurus: to understand something or someone in a particular way …   Useful english dictionary

  • slow on the uptake — not able to understand something quickly. I tried to explain how the new software works to my manager, but he s a little slow on the uptake. Usage notes: also used in the form quick on the uptake able to understand something quickly: He was quick …   New idioms dictionary

  • be slow on the uptake — be quick/slow/on the uptake informal phrase to take a very short long time to understand or realize something I’m sorry, I’m being a bit slow on the uptake: what do you mean? Thesaurus: to understand something or someone in a particular way …   Useful english dictionary

  • be quick on the uptake — be slow on the uptake to be slow to understand new ideas. Some of the games were quite complex but the children were very quick on the uptake …   New idioms dictionary

  • quick/slow on the uptake —    Someone who is quick or slow on the uptake is quick or slow to understand what is meant.     Please explain the problem in simple words I m a bit slow on the uptake! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • (be) quick on the uptake — be ˌquick/ˌslow on the ˈuptake idiom (informal) to be quick/slow to understand sth • Is he always this slow on the uptake? Main entry: ↑uptakeidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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