quick on the uptake
This page is about the idiom quick on the uptake
If you are quick on the uptake, you're smart and you can understand things quickly.
- Jamal's really quick on the uptake when you explain something to him, so his problem with school grades has nothing to do with any lack of intelligence. He's a very smart boy.
- These kids who are into rap music are really quick on the uptake, and they can easily catch the meaning of each other's rhymes. But I can't understand any of it.
The opposite is "slow on the uptake", which means to be slow to learn something or to catch someone's meaning.
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Contributor: Matt Errey