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Does anyone know what the literal reference to "slow on the uptake" is and/where where it originated? I have only ever found similar phrases, but this one. I know its meaning.

Slow on the uptake

Does anyone know what the literal reference to "slow on the uptake" is and/where it originated? I have only ever found similar phrases, but this one. I know its meaning.

Origin of "slow on the uptake"

Does anyone know what the literal reference to "slow on the uptake" is and where it originated? I have only ever found similar phrases, but this one. I know its meaning.

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Slow on the uptake

Does anyone know what the literal reference to "slow on the uptake" is and/where it originated? I have only ever found similar phrases, but this one. I know its meaning.