be quick off the mark

be quick off the mark

be fast (or slow) in responding to a situation or understanding something.

The mark here is the line or marker from which a competitor starts a race, as is also the case in get off the mark and on your marks.

Related Idioms and Phrases :

cut someone to the quick

cause someone deep distress by a hurtful remark or action.

Quick means an area of flesh that is well supplied with nerves and therefore very sensitive to touch or injury.

quick and dirty


done or produced hastily – informal - chiefly US

quick as a flash

(especially of a person's response or reaction) happening or made very quickly

quick on the draw

very fast in acting or reacting

The draw is the action of taking a pistol or other weapon from its holster.

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