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[sloh-pohk] /ˈsloʊˌpoʊk/
noun, Informal.
a person who makes slow progress.
Origin of slowpoke
1915-20; slow + poke1
laggard, dawdler, dallier, slug. Unabridged
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(informal) the usual US and Canadian word for slowcoach
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Word Origin and History for slowpoke

also slow poke, 1848, American English from slow (adj.) + poke (n.3), the name of a device, like a yoke with a pole, attached to domestic animals such as pigs and sheep to keep them from escaping enclosures. Bartlett (1859) calls it "a woman's word."

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slow off the mark

adjective phrase

Late in starting; dilatory; behindhand: If anything, the Clinton Administration has been a bit slow off the regulatory mark

[1972+; fr the mark from which foot-racers start]

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