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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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.
She's sharp as a tack and, like Margaret, mistress of the facial expression.
She's funny, sharp as a tack and the best interviewer around.
With a mind still sharp as a tack, Florence can tell you exactly how she felt as a 9-year-old picking up the morning newspaper and reading about the Titanic sinking.
Ex-neighbour Fay Evans in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, said: "She was as sharp as a tack right to the end.
Sharp as a tack, in a tone that varies from stiffly formal to sardonic and knowing, Jessica Peers writes a memoir of her years spent in a residential school for autis-youth.
Vanessa Middleton, 12 years old and sharp as a tack, saw Mrs.
She was sprightly, obviously as sharp as a tack and very steady on her legs.
She was sprightly, as sharp as a tack and very steady on her legs.
My reflexes are the same as a 25-year-old - still sharp as a tack.
Rochelle Mallen, a homemaker in Encino, felt it necessary to hire a full-time live-in caregiver for her 97-year-old father, David, even though he is mobile and sharp as a tack.
His body failed him, but his mind was sharp as a tack - once a journalist, always a journalist.
She's sharp as a tack,'' said Gayle Bishoff, one of Kurz's nine grandchildren.
But scientists don't know why one person becomes forgetful while the next is forever as sharp as a tack.