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Slow on the Uptake

Here’s an English idiom to describe how some of us might typically feel on a Monday morning...slow on the uptake. It means to be slow to understand something. Often, the phrase is used to talk about a person’s intelligence. Saying that a person is slow on the uptake often means that he is or she is not an intelligent person. However, it can also be used when someone is tired and unable to process information. So, early on a Monday morning, I could say that I am a little bit slow on the uptake - something that, in my case, is true today!

Here are some sample sentences using slow on the uptake:
I’m a little slow on the uptake this morning. I didn’t get much sleep last night.
Mona is really slow on the uptake. Tell it to her again so that she understands it.
Children are not as slow on the uptake as you think.

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