than the average bear

than the average bear

A comparative phrase meaning more/less, better/worse, etc., than the average person or thing. Originates from the animated character Yogi Bear, whose catchphrase is that he is "smarter than the average bear." He's certainly tougher than the average bear. I don't excel at all my subjects, but I still think I'm smarter than the average bear.
See also: average, bear
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The Easter Road gaffer always found Rangers' assistant boss to be smarter than the average bear during their time together at the heart of the Everton defence.
Bob 'Boyle, Maryhill, said: "It's not a legalised theft of Ibrox, it's just that Ashley is smarter than the average bear.
This little tool makes it appear as if those successful people are simply smarter than the average bear.
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Yogi Bear 3D (U) Surprisingly fun rebirth for the smarter than the average bear (Dan Aykroyd) as he, Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) and Ranger Smith have to save Jellystone Park.
YOU'RE brighter than the average bear but have you made a booboo by trying to do too much at once?
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Just be sure the subject matter is intellectually based--he's likely smarter than the average bear.
I'm hoping we're smarter than the average bear as far as putting an emphasis on sports, and we're going to ride it as long as we can.
But you have still got to be smarter than the average bear.
Julien's design has his trademark diamond studs spelling out his initials and making the donation smarter than the average bear.
Instead of "Orange 35," I think they should have named that bear "Yogi," because it seemed "smarter than the average bear.
It further goes on to say, "Therefore, although many parents believe that their own children are smarter than the average bear and can handle cybersafety as early as middle school, neurodevelopment occurs in predictable patterns and timeframes, and no 13 year old is there yet.
The Ibrox faithful have now had enough and are urging their fellow supporters to prove themselves smarter than the average Bear.
Yogi Bear 3D (U) Surprisingly fun rebirth for the smarter than the average bear (Dan Aykroyd) as he, buddy Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) and Ranger Smith have to save Jellystone Park from being shut down.