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wise guy

1. One who is sarcastic or makes jokes in an attempt to seem witty, usually to others' annoyance; a smart aleck. Joe is such a wise guy that it's hard to know when he's being serious. Every class seems to have one disruptive wise guy.
2. A mobster. I wouldn't bother those shady characters sitting in the corner booth—they're all wise guys.
See also: guy, wise

wise guy

An obnoxious know-it-all, a person who makes sarcastic or annoying remarks, as in the teacher was delighted that the worst wise guy in the class was moving out of town. [Slang; second half of 1800s] Also see smart aleck.
See also: guy, wise

a ˈwise guy

(informal, disapproving, especially American English) a man who speaks or behaves as if he knows much more than other people: OK, wise guy, what do you think we should do then?
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wise guy

n. a foolish person; a smart aleck. (see also smart guy. Also a term of address.) Look, wise guy, mind your own business!
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That's the way wiseguys introduce themselves to other made members - they say 'He's a friend of mine.
Despite Paul's nerves, in true Wiseguy fashion, they're all pretty relaxed, laughing and joking and enjoying a few drinks after a long day.
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The original wiseguy, Hill was brought up in New York and became an associate of the Lucchese mob family.
This story about Mafia hoodlums in Brooklyn was based on Nicholas Pileggi's autobiography, Wiseguy.
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Usually races up with the pace, but he can expect some company this afternoon from the likes of Mr Wiseguy, and if they go too hard early, it might set the race up for a finisher
Travolta (above right) uses the same wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics as in Get Shorty.
The criminal exploits of Hill, 60, an associate of the Lucchese crime family in New York, were detailed in the best-selling book, Wiseguy, by Nicholas Pileggi, and later turned into Martin Scorsese's 1990 film.
Alan Daly picked up two bans following his sixth place on Wiseguy in the Tanshelf Maiden Stakes.
Michael Jarvis clearly had her ready for the run and after being behind in the early stages she launched a strong run to lead inside the final quarter mile before being eased down close home to record a half-length success over Wiseguy.
It centres on agent Joe Pistone, an FBI agent played by Depp, who goes undercover to infiltrate the Mob but who is drawn into an unlikely friendship with long-time wiseguy Lefty, played by Pacino.