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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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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.
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They may be studying that phenomenon for years, but until someone figures it out, I have a few suggestions on how to not embarrass yourself online, culled from nearly 30 nears of being a sarcastic smart-aleck.
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I'd think about being the warden at a penal colony for smart-aleck nurses I've known.