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Be quick (or slow) off the mark be fast (or slow) in responding to a situation or understanding something.

the mark of the beast in Revelation 16:2, a sign placed on followers or worshippers of Antichrist. In extended use, the phrase was first used to mean an indicator or symptom of heresy, and then more generally a sign of infamy.

wide of the mark a long way away from the intended target, inaccurate.

See also mark of Cain, mark with a white stone, X marks the spot, mark of Zorro.

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