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smart-ass

rude slang One who makes jokes and uses sarcasm in an attempt to seem witty, but instead is deemed annoying. Primarily heard in US. OK, smart-ass, are you going to help me, or just stand there mocking me all night?

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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Well, it is a bit squirm-inducing to watch young Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) come across as a smart-ass, but then again, it holds because it doesn't contradict what Kirk is to become later, and if anything, actually adds new dimensions to his persona.
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.
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Become a smart-ass columnist and criticize from afar.
If I had realized that he wanted quotations that were more smart-ass than serious, I would probably have taken more time to go through my library or my own writings, especially since he was even open to bathroom humor.
One hesitates to accuse a writer as prolific as Plater of laziness, but there is a feeling here that he is coasting, not making much attempt to explore beyond well-worked Second World War stereotypes or to aspire beyond a mild, smart-ass humour.
That perhaps explains why some (with motives good and bad) in the black community complain that he "is not black enough," or "he has no respect or appreciation for the past," or "he is the amalgamation of everything white folk want a black man to be," or "he's a white boy being scripted by smart-ass white boys.
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I woulda' said something smart-ass back, but Paul used too many big words, so I just grunted and said, "Putty pistols Paul.
It had the facts but was frequently smart-ass about what they meant.
These selections from his collection entitled "Aphorisms, One-Liners, Snippets, Notes, Jottings, and Smart-Ass Remarks" were compiled by Robert Potter.
It was a look of such intensity that strangers could easily mistake it for raw anger or intimidation--yet Worrill still broke into the sly half-grin of a high school smart-ass as he cracked jokes, or smiled widely as he hugged another longtime friend who was just arriving.
Piecing these elements together, Betty and Rita jointly try to solve the mystery (which also includes demonically powerful gangsters, a smart-ass movie director, an untalented starlet named Camilla Rose, an odd young man who sees visions of death, a cowboy who makes poetically worded threats, a Spanish-flavored nightclub featuring lip-synch acts and weird magicians, and a host of other clues too numerous and bizarre to list).
His smart-ass demeanour, reminiscent of the classroom swot, would get up the nose of a priest.