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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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One or more universities may go bankrupt because overpaid, smart-alec bosses are obsessed with running a business, not educating the next generation.
Instead of which some smart-alec has posted a picture on social media of you in the pub with your mates drinking, three or four empty glasses in your stack exposing the blatant lie, and putting you in the dog house.
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So in my harassment, I went through, forgot to lift the newspapers and some smart-Alec stole them.
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