a smart cookie

a smart cookie

  (American)
someone who is clever and good at dealing with difficult situations If anyone can make this company succeed, it's Kathy - she's one smart cookie.
See also: cookie, smart
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And yes, Chris Hodgeson is a smart cookie, now if he would just come out of the smoke-filled rooms and closed-door smart growth 'panel' meetings; we could see how smart his ideas are.