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on the uptake

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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on the uptake

In understanding or comprehension. This term is most often put asquick on the uptake, for readily understanding something, andslow on the uptake, for being slow to comprehend. For example, Shirley will have no trouble learning that new computer program—she's very quick on the uptake. It alludes to absorbing (“taking up”) information. [ Early 1800s ]
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