sharp wit

sharp wit

A very quick, natural, and intelligent sense of humor. My brother-in-law has always had such a sharp wit. Whenever he's around, he has everyone in stitches. The film's sharp wit is undercut by its half-baked plot.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sharp wit

Fig. a good and fast ability to make jokes and funny comments. Terry has a sharp wit and often makes cracks that force people to laugh aloud at inappropriate times.
See also: sharp, wit
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He was fond of harsh jests and rude laughter, and no person or thing was too high or too holy to escape his sharp wit. "He was doubtless a pleasant conceited fellow, and of a very sharp wit," says a writer about sixty years later, "exceeding bold, and would nip to the very quick when he once set hold."*
In fact, the doltish Nez Perce, who had seemed so perfectly insensible to rough treatment of every kind, by which the travellers had endeavored to elbow him out of their society, could not withstand the good-humored bantering, and occasionally sharp wit of She-wee-she.
So saying he set out and travelled till he came to a hill, where three giants were sharing their father's goods; and as they saw him pass they cried out and said, 'Little men have sharp wits; he shall part the goods between us.' Now there was a sword that cut off an enemy's head whenever the wearer gave the words, 'Heads off!'; a cloak that made the owner invisible, or gave him any form he pleased; and a pair of boots that carried the wearer wherever he wished.
Anybody who could invent a new imitation had been sure of a fortune from old Durham, said Jurgis' informant; but it was hard to think of anything new in a place where so many sharp wits had been at work for so long; where men welcomed tuberculosis in the cattle they were feeding, because it made them fatten more quickly; and where they bought up all the old rancid butter left over in the grocery stores of a continent, and "oxidized" it by a forced-air process, to take away the odor, rechurned it with skim milk, and sold it in bricks in the cities!
Now, Betteredge, exert those sharp wits of yours, and observe the conclusion to which the Colonel's instructions point!"
The Sex Life of Bandages is a big screen tribute to an"iconic funnyman whose sharp wit and anarchic storytelling is still as hilarious as ever".
Headteacher Graeme Sives said: "Kyle was a popular student, known for his individual sense of humour and sharp wit. He was a boy of great potential with a wealth of general knowledge that he used to convince others in debate, often successfully.
She will be fondly remembered for her sharp wit and sharper sense of humor.
The sharp wit of Hannah's own crime novels translates here into a reviving breath for Poirot, who again taps and totters across the pages in precise little clockwork circles.
With a sharp wit and a handle on hilarity, Dario Fo's stories and illustrations bring to life the man who would become known as "God's Jester."
The actor, who is synonymous to sharp wit and incandescent humour engaged his audience and said "taqat, saari daulat, saari film industry par hukumat - bas itna sa khwab hai".
They paid tribute to the television favourite's "unique personality and sharp wit".
Show creator Tania Alexander said: "He was the show's grandfather, a star who always made me laugh with his sharp wit."
He had a reputation of speaking openly and with a sharp wit.
No one is spared from the sharp wit of netizens as they came up with funny alternative names for officials gunning for elective posts come May.