Slow Poke : Phrases
A person who is slow
I am late for dinner because I got stuck behind some slow poke on the highway.
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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