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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Oh, ho,' he says, very angry-like, 'so you was the smart Aleck thot fetched me thot letter from the owners: "We note item of fufteen pounds for pilotage ot Auckland.
After the untimely demise of actor Christopher Evan Welch, who played eccentric investor Peter Gregory, Richard's future, as well as that of his team of techsperts and smart alecks, was greatly affected in Season Two.
Alice, her father, and her friends are all lovable smart alecks, which elevates a fairly basic plot.