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*cocky as the king of spades

boastful; overly proud. (*Also: as ~.) He'd challenge anyone to a fight. He's as cocky as the king of spades. She strutted in, cocky as the king of spades.
See also: cocky, king, of, spade

smart ass

someone who makes wisecracks and acts cocky. (Potentially offensive. Use only with discretion.) Some smart ass came in here and asked for a sky hook. Don't be such a smart ass!
See also: ass, smart

smart ass

n. someone who makes wisecracks and acts cocky. (Usually objectionable.) Don’t be such a smart ass!
See also: ass, smart
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I think the Dodgers have earned the right to be a little cockier than the rest of us,'' Johnson said.
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Saddam, the cause of it all, is still standing and cockier than ever.
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WHAT women want apparently is to see Mel Gibson play a male chauvinist pig who's cockier than Rocky the Rooster until a freak accident involving leg wax and scented bath beads gives him the ability to read women's minds.