a smart-arse

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a smart-arse

  (British very informal) also a smart-ass (American very informal)
someone who is always trying to seem more clever than everyone else in a way that is annoying OK, smart-arse, do you have a better idea? (British very informal)
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But on behalf of anyone who has ever been burgled, beaten up, sexually assaulted, had their car stolen or windows broken, stuff stolen from their shop shelves or had their bike nicked - then watched a smart-ass lawyer get the culprit off - I say 'What a good idea.
Fox said: "I've been playing a smart-ass for 20 years, but the mouse is anything but.
There's an argument to be made, I suppose, that Pop art was bigger in the press, bigger in more galleries, bigger in its effect on subsequent art, (Abstract Expressionism, after all, can't claim to have turned every subsequent artist into a smart-ass ironist).
Ann Crum is on a hiding to nothing as the dumped American divorcee with a smart-ass daughter in tow.
A sci-fi film for Disney in which Allen originally wanted to play the villain, but eventually ``softened,'' he says, ``and realized I could play the hero - a smart-ass hero.