sharp as a tack

(as) sharp as a tack

Intelligent and a quick-thinker. Ted's as sharp as a tack, so he'll find a solution to this problem. Of course Ellen is our valedictorian—she's as sharp as a tack.
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sharp as a tack

Also, sharp as a razor. Mentally acute. For example, She's very witty-she's sharp as a tack. These similes are also used literally to mean "having a keen cutting edge" and have largely replaced the earlier sharp as a needle or thorn. The first dates from about 1900, the variant from the mid-1800s.
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(as) sharp as a ˈtack

(American English) intelligent with a quick and lively mind: My grandmother’s 85 but she’s still sharp as tack.
A tack is a kind of small nail or pin.
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sharp as a tack

Singularly keen or cutting; also, mentally acute. This simile has largely supplanted the earlier sharp as a razor, needle, vinegar, and thorn, the last dating from the fifteenth century and appearing in John Ray’s 1670 proverb collection. The current cliché dates from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century and appeared in a 1912 issue of Dialect Notes: “They won’t fool him; he’s sharp as tacks.”
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The 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' star told NBC's "Today" show that Heard is a wonderful girl, who is sharp as a tack, wonderful, Southern belle and sweet as can be and good for him, the New York Post reported.
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Jack is just five, but obviously sharp as a tack, so when his disabled mother got into difficulties with her wheelchair young Jack coolly and calmly dialled 999 and waited for the arrival of the cavalry.