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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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Regular readers of your Field Correspondent know that we find most of the souvenir items available today to be, well, good fodder for smart-aleck sportswriters.
Yes, he has always loved to make the smart-aleck remark.
Some smart-aleck in the crowd must have told Jesus, "The foolish ones were the families who let their daughters go out alone at night
She drew her last breath when some smart-aleck military commanders, feeling like Gen.
Now that I've asked this question, and realize there are plenty of smart-aleck responses to it, let me just answer it for you.
More specifically, who'd want to put themselves up as cannon fodder for smart-aleck TV announcers backed by teams of faceless researchers to ask provocative questions that cannot be fully answered for genuine reasons of confidentiality?
The market has spoken, repeatedly: by far the biggest superhero franchises are the Avengers, who bicker like dysfunctional siblings, and Iron Man, based around Robert Downey Jr's smart-aleck patter.
Luckily he's got a smart-aleck manager who is older than him, Frank (the lovely Christopher Plummer), who mocks him: "What right do you have to worry when half of Africa is living in poverty?
Occasionally smart-aleck Harris' mischief might have crossed the line.
Dear reader, it is not hard to find a smart-aleck historian or two who will pooh-pooh this yarn but your faithful columnist, delving ever deeper in search of corroboration, has found it: The Guardian of December 28, 1966, recorded a meeting between the London correspondent of Pravda and the Mayor of Berwick from which came "a mutual declaration of peace".
How can they be, when they're led by a smart-aleck shyster who believes in nothing except hanging on to his job by hook or by crook?
When my mother told me to "watch my mouth," I would cross my eyes and literally try to watch my mouth, just to be a smart-aleck.