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smart aleck

One who makes jokes and uses sarcasm in an attempt to seem witty, but instead is deemed annoying. Also seen as "smart alec." I'd had enough of that smart aleck's wisecracks, so I left the party early.
See also: aleck, smart

smart aleck

An impudent or obnoxiously self-assertive individual, a wise guy, as in New teachers often have a hard time coping with the smart alecks in their classes. This expression, dating from the mid-1800s, probably alluded to a person of this description who was named Alec or Alexander, but his identity has been lost.
See also: aleck, smart

a smart alec


a smart aleck

A smart alec or a smart aleck is someone who is very clever and who is often able to answer questions in a clever way. Note: People sometimes spell `alec' and `aleck' with capital initials, as names. They've got some smart alec of a lawyer from London to oppose bail. Note: You can use smart alec and smart aleck before a noun. I hate smart-aleck kids who talk like dictionaries. Note: You use this expression to show that you find someone annoying. Note: Alec or Aleck is a shortened form of the name Alexander.
See also: alec, smart

a ˈsmart alec/aleck

(informal, disapproving) a person who tries to show that they are cleverer than everyone else: Some smart alec wrote in to say that the last edition of the newspaper contained 37 printing errors.
See also: alec, aleck, smart
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Oh, ho,' he says, very angry-like, 'so you was the smart Aleck thot fetched me thot letter from the owners: "We note item of fufteen pounds for pilotage ot Auckland.
will now be able to facilitate extremely efficient and reliable access to the Chinese markets especially to the honorable Orc users," said Aleck Wu, Managing Director, Galaxy Futures Co.
Being the smart aleck I was in those days, I told my friend to watch me.
DSE, Business Development Officer, Aleck Ngoshani said the new schemes have helped the exchange to expand its operations across the country.
We used to pick up at least half a bus load at Billingham, there was always a smart aleck who would turn the door handle at the entrance to the bus, consequently you tried to close the doors and they wouldn't so you had to leave your seat and turn the handle back from the outside.
Atkins has Parker's style down pat, and the dialogue and smart aleck cracks flash by regularly.
EIGHT- year- old Akshat Singh, smart aleck star of Indian reality TV, has emerged as the latest sensation on the web with a trending YouTube video The Fat Indian Kid Dance .
One not so Smart Aleck said on a phone-in: "Did we have ADHD when we had caning in schools?
Co-authors on the study included Eugene Hattori of the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nev; John Southon of the University of California, Irvine; and Benjamin Aleck of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor's Center in Nixon, Nev.
And who wants a smart aleck of a car telling you what to do or, worse, talking over your head to another vehicle on the road, letting everyone know that you're completely out of control.
I expect he'd have some smart aleck replies to any accusations, but I know one thing, the Blair/Brown Labour government was the greatest betrayal of the Left since the Spanish Civil War.
Some smart aleck is going to pick up Honeybee Democracy, an account of decision making among bees, and snicker that the book should be titled Honeybee Monarchy.
Participants included Pastor Phil Vana (Protestant), Brother Matthew Cunningham (Roman Catholic), Imam Abdul Rahim Barghouthi (Muslim), Esteban Castillo (Buddhist), Rabbi Teri Appleby (Jewish), Ben Aleck (Native American spirituality), Dr.
Then some Smart Aleck averred Bob Dylan would have failed to qualify for the show.
If you like crude jokes and smart aleck asides - bingo