smart alec


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smart alec

n, adj
a variant spelling of smart aleck
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smart alec

smart arse (Informal)
noun
1. know-all (informal), wise guy (informal), clever-clogs (informal), clever Dick (informal), smarty pants (informal), smartarse (slang), smarty boots (informal) Don't be such a smart alec. All right then, if you're such a smart arse, have you got any better ideas?
adjective
1. cocky, arrogant, conceited, brash, swaggering, egotistical, cocksure, overconfident, swollen-headed, full of yourself a fortyish smart-alec TV reporter I can do without your smart-arse comments, thank you.
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John let Smart Alec sit there on his desk in his study, and at one in the morning he heard it speak to him in his mind.
A string of lights is the same as two bulbs smart Alec takes pleasure in telling me.
in Mq; phrase only in W3: smart alec He's smart all right but I'm the smart alec for calling him the albatross heckler.
He said: "I was a bit of a smart Alec at school - always coming out with funny comments.
The smart alec comment has not impressed committee members, who already feel they are in danger of being railroaded by the council leadership into approving controversial applications such as the Edgbaston cricket ground expansion.
For this set (the kid's room) I'm thinking Larry Clark, Donald Sultan's Cigar Bar, Jack Ruby's strip joint in Dallas in the late '50s, the bedroom in Candy Barr's film Smart Alec.
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It'll be gone in a minute, hopefully no-one will put the screen image with the real person at the bar together as the same and then come out with some smart Alec comment.
A few years ago, some smart Alec put a big red dot on the internet and invited anyone and everyone to press it, to see what would happen.
FEW people like it when some Smart Alec lawyer gets his rich celebrity client off the hook for some driving offence or other because of some legal "loophole" - where others would be successfully prosecuted.
You will always get one smart Alec trying to catch you out and looking for a story but Glenn has merely been honest.