a smart cookie

smart cookie

A clever and intelligent person. Don't underestimate Cindy's intelligence—she's one smart cookie!
See also: cookie, smart
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a smart cookie

If someone is a smart cookie, they are clever and have good ideas. Anyone who made billions in the Russian oil industry is clearly a smart cookie. Helen's a pretty smart cookie — I trust her.
See also: cookie, smart
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a/one smart ˈcookie

(American English, informal) a clever person with good ideas: Jed is one smart cookie. I’m sure he’ll do the right thing.
See also: cookie, one, smart
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