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smart alec

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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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ABDUL OSMAN has heard the smart Alecs bill today's trip to Hamilton as a relegation battle on the opening day of the season - but the new Partick Thistle skipper insists his sights are set much higher.
WHITE HORSE BURGERS all served in a toasted bun with fat cut chips & coleslaw" No doubt waiters at the White Horse are bridling at smart Alecs asking if this comes under Starter's orders or is running on the Main course.
Indeed, on every internet message board, you'll find nasty, negative comments from smart alecs who think they know it all, but whose only contribution to society is .
There are plenty of Smart Alecs eager to point out that it is still perfectly possible to control a vehicle under these conditions.
I JUST love to encounter smart alecs like your respondent Eric Ward of Moseley ("Don't let Luddites win").
I am just one of those smart alecs who think they can do it.
Cheats have an image as lazy little Smart Alecs determined to get in front, but might some of these children be under such pressure to achieve that they feel they have no alternative but to get by as best they can?
Having lent to high risk borrowers, the smart alecs went a step further by slicing and dicing their sub-prime loans and selling them on.
Junior: Computers are helpful all around, unless you have kids that want to be smart alecs and go into sites that you're not supposed to look at.
IT'S out of order the way these smart alecs on the TV highlight every tissue price that the Racing Postgets wrong.
I'll be with her all the way against these Smart Alecs.
It asks us to hate smart alecs but a) the hyped-up audience is more irritating than the panel (even Michael Winner); b) most of the experts are likeable; and c) you have to be pretty smart to care about the answers.