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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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The first, and perhaps the best, of the stories tells of a boy, something of a smart-alec, who discovers that his grandfather is still suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder incurred in the Vietnam war.
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INEVITABLY, when the media launches attacks on the political elite for their expense claims, some smart-alec politician will demand, "Ah, but why don't you journalists publish your expenses?
Mackay tried to land the claimer in smart-alec fashion, checking over his right shoulder time and again up the home straight to ensure he had the measure of his rivals.
So in my harassment, I went through, forgot to lift the newspapers and some smart-Alec stole them.
The sooner we all get "smart meters" instead of smart-Alec companies, the better.
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While Mitnick's tone can sometimes take on the patronising edge of a smart-Alec sysadmin, he is never too damning.