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too (something) by half

Far too something; more something than is necessary. Used in the form, "too (something) by half." Primarily heard in UK. Liam is too clever by half, winning every debate he gets into. That child is too noisy by half!
See also: by, half

too clever by half

Too contrived or arrogant in one's cleverness or intelligence, to the point of being irritating to others. Primarily heard in UK. I think every adolescent goes through a stage where they become too clever by half and begin to think of themselves as the only person who has things figured out. The phones people use these days are all too clever by half—I can barely even use them to make phone calls!
See also: by, clever, half

clever clogs

A light-hearted or humorous way to refer to an intelligent or clever person. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. He's such a clever clogs. There is no question he can't answer.
See also: clever, clog

clever boots

A light-hearted or humorous way to refer to an intelligent or clever person. Primarily heard in Australia. Judy's such a clever boots. She solved the puzzle in 30 seconds.
See also: boot, clever

clever dick

A person who irritates others by constantly trying to prove their superior intelligence. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Don't be such a clever dick! It's not necessary to correct everyone's grammar all of the time.
See also: clever, dick

as (something) as they come

Said of someone or something that displays a trait or characteristic to the utmost degree. Bryce is as talented as they come. Once you see him on stage, you'll agree. These strawberries are as fresh as they come. They were literally just picked!
See also: come

box clever

To act skillfully and cunningly or deceitfully to achieve a desired outcome. Primarily heard in UK. The principal is already on to you, so you're going to have to box clever to avoid a suspension.
See also: box, clever

be too clever by half

To be too contrived or arrogant in one's cleverness or intelligence, to the point of being irritating to others. Primarily heard in UK. I think every adolescent goes through a stage of being too clever by half, thinking of themselves as the only person who has things really figured out. The phones people use these days are all too clever by half—I can barely even use them to make phone calls!
See also: by, clever, half

none too

Not much, not very, or not at all. We got there none too early. My husband could use some project to work on; he's been none too busy since he lost his job.
See also: none

(as) clever as a wagonload of monkeys

Impish or mischievous. ("Cartload" can be used instead of "wagonload.") Primarily heard in UK. Don't let those boys sit together—they're as clever as a wagonload of monkeys.
See also: clever, monkey, of, wagonload

be boxing clever

To be acting skillfully and cunningly or deceitfully to achieve a desired outcome. Primarily heard in UK. I wasn't boxing clever at the time, so it was easy for the headmaster to see that I had broken the rules.
See also: boxing, clever

none too something

not very something; not at all something. The towels in the bathroom were none too clean. It was none too warm in their house.
See also: none

none too

Also, not too. Not very, as in The application arrived none too soon, or I'm afraid this secretary is not too smart, or He was here not too long ago. The first usage was first recorded in 1885; the variant dates from about 1920. Also see not all that.
See also: none

be boxing clever

BRITISH
If someone is boxing clever, they are being very clever and careful in the way they behave in a difficult situation, so that they can get an advantage for themselves. By boxing clever with your personal tax allowances you could save £900 a year.
See also: boxing, clever

too clever by half

If you describe a person or their actions as too clever by half, you mean that they are too clever, in a way that you do not like or in a way that causes problems for them. His many admirers describe him as clever: his enemies as too clever by half. You had to tell the press, didn't you? Too clever by half. Note: Other adjectives are sometimes used instead of clever. He was stylish, angry, and too cool by half.
See also: by, clever, half

box clever

act so as to outwit someone. British informal
1950 Alexander Baron There's No Home If you box clever and keep your mouth shut…you ought to be able to count on a suspended sentence.
See also: box, clever

too clever by half

annoyingly proud of your intelligence or skill. informal
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box ˈclever

(British English, informal) act in a clever way to get what you want, sometimes tricking and deceiving somebody: Suzie realized that she had to box clever. She had to let Adam think she trusted him.
See also: box, clever

ˈclever Dick

(also ˈclever clogs) (British English, informal, disapproving) a person who thinks that they are always right or that they know everything: Come on then, clever clogs, tell us the answer! ♢ (ironic) Some clever Dick has parked his car so close to mine I can’t get out!
See also: clever, dick

as ˌclever, ˌstupid, etc. as they ˈcome

very clever, stupid, etc: He’s just about as mean as they come. He wouldn’t even lend me a couple of dollars!
See also: come

too clever, quick, etc. by ˈhalf

(British English, informal, disapproving) much too clever, quick, etc: That boy is too charming by half — he can get you to do anything he wants.I don’t like her at all — she’s too clever by half.
See also: by, half

none too ˈclever, ˈhappy, ˈquickly, etc.

not at all clever, quickly, etc: The driver was none too pleased about having to leave so early.Her chances of winning are none too good, I’m afraid.
See also: none
References in periodicals archive ?
Cleverly and Braehmer were due to first meet in 2011 but the German pulled out of the contest through injury and Cleverly became world champion.
Defeat to Kovalev saw Cleverly attempt to reinvent himself as a cruiserweight, a move that came to an abrupt end (right) when Tony Bellew avenged the defeat suffered at light heavy.
If Fonfara can reproduce that level of form then he should far too good for Cleverly Chicago and at 1-2 it's worth of backing him to see off the Welshman.
Cleverly wound his right arm like a windmill, teasing 'Bomber' that he was just looking for one big punch, but Bellew showed maturity and refused to bite.
next fight being on 31 in London Bellew won the fight via a split decision with scores of 116-112 and 115-113 with the other official giving it to Cleverly by 115-114.
Bellew and Cleverly have hurled verbal barbs at each other throughout the build-up, and the nose-tonose continued during yesterday's weigh-in when both scaled 14st 3lb.
Cleverly squeezed out a majority verdict in their first meeting at light-heavyweight three years ago before both men suffered crushing world title losses to Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson respectively.
Cleverly, who owns Gar-Ron Roofing, told lottery officials that he had only a $100 bill on him when he went to the store where he usually buys lottery tickets, and the store was unable to give him change.
However, Cleverly believes Liverpool puncher Bellew - whom he beat via majority decision in a thrilling fight in October 2011 - will provide the ideal path to the top of his new division.
But after being unequivocally beaten by Kovalev, Cleverly admits he is unsure if he will remain in the light heavyweight division or even continue in the sport at all.
Cleverly knows a fifth defence of his WBO title at the same weight in Cardiff on Saturday will do the same for him.
I have only just turned 26 which is quite young to be a world champion and defend your title four times," said Cleverly, now almost two years into his reign and protecting an unblemished 25-0 record in North London.
NATHAN CLEVERLY is eager to box in America again after fans in Los Angeles warmed to his crowd-pleasing style on Saturday night.
NATHAN CLEVERLY has vowed to beat Tommy Karpency "and look good doing it" in his homecoming bout in Cardiff next month.
NATHAN CLEVERLY enjoyed a successful first WBO lightheavyweighttitledefence-even if the manner of victory proved to be a bit of a letdown.