Definition of quick on the draw in English:

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quick on the draw

1Very fast in taking one’s gun from its holster.
Example sentences
  • The tourists who lost their lives were just two in thousands; the policeman, a bit quick on the draw, no doubt and on the trigger too, was acting in defense of his own daughter and over-reacted, but can he really be blamed?
  • Trench, ever quick on the draw, drew a shotgun out of his trench-coat and quickly pointed it at the abomination in their midst.
  • The worst corporate bandits are still likely to face a sheriff who's quick on the draw.
1.1Very fast in acting or reacting.
Example sentences
  • You've got to be very quick on the draw, because a horse can stumble leaving the gate, and you got plan A. All of a sudden, because of the break or the bad break, you have to go to plan B, and you've got to be able to adjust very quickly.
  • Experience and necessity - so many books, so little time - have made Ms. Hensley quick on the draw.
  • He obviously learned from past mistakes when he was too quick on the draw in dismissing three former senators.
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