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bright spark

A person who is regarded as clever or intelligent. The term can also be used sarcastically to mean the opposite. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, New Zealand. Timmy's the bright spark of the family—he graduated at the top of his class. Some bright spark at the auto repair shop forgot to tighten the lugnuts on my wheels after he rotated my tires.
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a bright spark

mainly BRITISH
A bright spark is a clever person. But the girl from Dublin is not just a pretty face. The bright spark is studying archaeology and the history of art at UCD. Some bright spark at the club seems to think that the best way to attract young fans is to turn the football stadium into a theme park for the day. Note: This expression is usually used to mean the opposite, referring humorously to a person with stupid ideas.
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bright spark

a clever person (often used ironically to or of a person who has done something you consider stupid). British informal
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(a) bright ˈspark

(British English, informal, often ironic) a lively and intelligent person: What bright spark (= stupid person) left the front door open all night?
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The Bright Spark Scholarship, developed by Young Pioneers, is designed to empower vulnerable young people to overcome adversity, giving them valuable life and business skills to help them break out of their circumstances and be inspired to achieve their full potential.
Bright Spark Award (Part II): James Harris, left, just 17, became the youngest cricketer to take 10 wickets in a game and the youngest Glamorgan player to score a half century.
The two daughters of Bold Dove are the dams of the two geldings - Dovevale Bright Spark and Dovevale Dazzling Bay - so we try to keep it in the family.
There's probably some bright spark at the BBC who believes the corporation is busy shifting its focus to "the regions".
PLEASE could someone tell me who is the bright spark who decided to alter the road between the roundabouts at Newport Road, St Mellons?
She was a very pretty and intelligent foal, a real bright spark.
I WONDER if the bright spark in some office ever thought what would happen when smokers have to go outside buildings to smoke.
Due to kick off their league campaign at Toluca last Sunday some bright spark arranged a glamour friendly with Barcelona in Los Angeles the same day.
A BRIGHT spark has come up with the idea of visiting Ireland's 80 lighthouses to raise money for charity.
Prachi Desai is one bright spark Enter the freespirited Gauri who puts a proud Ishaan in his place.
Following the Commissioners' latest "Soviet style" restriction, banning the sale of 60 watt conventional light bulbs, maybe some bright spark in the private sector can provide multi-outlet lamp holders (to accommodate 2, 3 or even 4 40 watt conventional light bulbs) that can in turn be plugged into our existing lamp-holders.
BRIGHT spark pupils at Tyneside schools have shown off their skills in a competition to design a solar-powered car.
Fortunately some bright spark must have dashed on at the final whistle and reminded the players of their contractual obligation that there has to be a brawl at some point in the contest, and immediately a free-for-all broke out between the two sides.
I ASK, who is the bright spark that thought of building another rail line capable of trains travelling at 250mph between Birmingham and London?
Some bright spark has come up with the idea that the "Welsh" be charged 20p per carrier bag from the supermarkets to try to cut down on the usage.