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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 heavy black plastic barrels resemble a water cooler jug, and its locked lid keeps out wildlife, even those smarter than your average bear.
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It has a massive jaw and thumbs which are used to strip leaves from bamboo stalks, so he is smarter than your average bear.
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Grizzly'' (1976) He's not just after your picnic basket, and he's definitely smarter than your average bear.