slow on the uptake

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 on the uptake and able to realize right away what was wrong.


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  • slow on the uptake — See: SLOW ON THE DRAW …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • slow on the uptake — See: SLOW ON THE DRAW …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • slow\ on\ the\ uptake — See: slow on the draw …   Словарь американских идиом

  • slow on the uptake — understands slowly, slow to comprehend …   English contemporary 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 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) slow 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

  • be quick (or slow) on the uptake — informal be quick (or slow) to understand something. → uptake …   English new terms dictionary

  • be slow on the uptake — ► be quick (or slow) on the uptake informal be quick (or slow) to understand something. Main Entry: ↑uptake …   English terms dictionary

  • be slow on the uptake — to be slow to understand new ideas. I tried to explain the new database, but they were remarkably slow on the uptake …   New idioms dictionary

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