Slow Poke




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Slow Poke : Phrases



Meaning:

A person who is slow


Example:

I am late for dinner because I got stuck behind some
slow poke on the highway.


Origin:

Poke has a number of meanings, including to move or act slowly or aimlessly. For example :
We just poked around and didn't accomplish much.

So
slow poke is almost redundant. This phrase probably evolved as originally describing the action (e.g.. moving slowly) to become a description of the person performing the action.

Also makes one think about the word cowpoke. Perhaps
slow poke was a description of a slow cowboy.

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