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too clever by half

Too contrived or arrogant in one's cleverness or intelligence, to the point of being irritating to others. Primarily heard in UK. I think every adolescent goes through a stage where they become too clever by half and begin to think of themselves as the only person who has things figured out. The phones people use these days are all too clever by half—I can barely even use them to make phone calls!
See also: clever, half

clever clogs

A light-hearted or humorous way to refer to an intelligent or clever person. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. He's such a clever clogs. There is no question he can't answer.
See also: clever, clog

clever boots

A light-hearted or humorous way to refer to an intelligent or clever person. Primarily heard in Australia. Judy's such a clever boots. She solved the puzzle in 30 seconds.
See also: boot, clever

clever dick

A person who irritates others by contantly trying to prove his or her superior intelligence. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Don't be such a clever dick! It's not necessary to correct everyone's grammar all of the time.
See also: clever, dick

box clever

  (British)
to behave in a clever and sometimes slightly dishonest way to try to achieve a result you want
Usage notes: A good boxer (= man who fights as a sport) is a person who uses skill as well as strength to win fights.
Obviously he would have to box clever in the witness stand to avoid implicating himself.
See also: box, clever

a clever clogs

  (British & Australian humorous) also a clever boots (Australian humorous)
if you call someone a clever clogs, you mean that they are very clever I bet old clever clogs here knows the answer.
See also: clever, clog

a clever dick

  (British & Australian)
someone who tries too hard to show that they are clever, in a way which annoys other people He's such a clever dick, talking loudly on the phone in lots of different languages.
See also: clever, dick

be too clever by half

  (British)
to be too confident of your own intelligence in a way that annoys other people At school he had a reputation for arrogance. 'Too clever by half' was how one former teacher described him.
See box clever
See also: clever, half
References in classic literature ?
Delamayn will be cleverer than I take him to be, if he gets much of his friend's company
It was cleverer to have marked down the Flying Stars and the very day of Fischer's coming.
Davies (right) brought a bruising honesty to the pitch, but was a far cleverer footballer than ever given credit for.
SPIN-off show Big Brother's Bit On The Side is, as ever, much cleverer than the main Channel 5 show.
The site's Amazing Moments section will publish new compelling Natural History clips every day, debuting with Attack of the Praying Mantis ; the Discoveries strand will propose answers to fascinating questions like Are Dolphins Cleverer than Dogs?
Ailsa Gupwell, 31, of South Gosforth, said: "I think there are cleverer ways to get back at people, so I don't think it's something I could bring myself to do.
is headlining a concert marking the start of the Commonwealth Games hasn't pleased ever yone but I think the organisers are cleverer than we think.
For some time now melting ice at the North Pole has made our operation and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas" Jim Carter, who plays the butler in Downton Abbey, speaks out as Greenpeace's Santa Claus "Happiness is driving in the dark with only the odd sheep for company" Welsh singer Cerys Matthews, pictured "There is a perception that everyone else is cleverer and more handsome than you are.
However, according to Patrick Arkle, area technical director of Miller Homes, the plan is cleverer than that.
Along with other projects, the project Cleverer Kiez will be presented.
Most blokes I know think they are cleverer than their wives and their wives are smart enough to let them carry on believing that.
As a worst-case question, we can ask: "If computers get cleverer than humans, what is the point of human beings?
But the drug lords seem to be getting cleverer at hiding their money.
Corrigan, whose runners have finished runner-up in the two previous finals here at Colwick Park, said: "She's been a very slow developer but is now trapping better and she's getting cleverer.
He's ever so slightly cleverer than everybody else on the planet, so he's ideally placed to front this bold new show, which suggests Channel 4 is taking itself seriously again.