smart alec

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smart alec

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a variant spelling of smart aleck
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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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It should be evident that O'Casey was cleverly developing the artistic "idea" of satirizing the pseudosocialism, or Marxism, of the smart-alick Covey and his "Jenerskyism.