a wise guy

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a wise guy

  (American & Australian informal) also a wise-ass (American very informal!)
someone who is always trying to seem more clever than everyone else in a way that is annoying Okay, wise guy, if you're so damned smart, you can tell everyone how it's done! He's just some wise-ass who thinks he knows all the answers. (American & Australian informal)
See an old head on young shoulders
See also: guy, wise
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On one board, an earnest Rage fan gives a long definition and defense of democratic socialism, while another, not clearly trying to be a wise-ass, replies, "Sweden is run by social democrats--All it really is is super high taxes.
He's gay, extremely articulate and has a penchant for being manipulative and a wise-ass.