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wise-ass

One who is sarcastic or makes jokes in an attempt to seem witty, usually to others' annoyance; a smart aleck. Primarily heard in US. Joe is such a wise-ass that it's hard to know when he's being serious. Every class seems to have one disruptive wise-ass.
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Flake is a milk-drinking nice guy in a chamber better known for its smirking wise-asses (Ted Cruz, Al Franken), barking socialists (Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren), dead-eyed wheeler-dealers (Mitch McConnell), and old men shaking their fists at clouds (John McCain).
On the first night, after we'd unpacked and gotten ready for bed, I heard him laughing along with my friends Todd and Steve, two of the bunk's biggest wise-asses. Over what, I have no idea.
IT'S time for the only Grand Prix of the season that anyone is interested in - Monaco, or Monarco as many wise-asses like to pronounce it.
In theory a drama about the imminent end of the world if an asteroid hurtling toward Earth can't be blown off course by some courageous astronauts, pic plays more like "Con Air Goes to Outer Space." Making most of the decisions made by the "Deep Impact" team look good in retrospect, filmmakers here take delight in assembling a team of ex-cons, wise-asses, musclemen and jokers as the group that will try to save the world, but by their own example raise serious doubts as to whether humanity is worth saving.
Particularly notable among those playing assorted gunsels, patsies, sleazeballs, wise-asses and loons were Rex McDowell as a mad Armenian hit-man, Robert Wright and David Pichette (poisonous lizard and rabid pekinese, respective) as businessman trafficking in non-standard merchandise, and David Mong as the mysterious Babcock, Ray's sunnily implacable doom.
The City wise-asses were always lecturing Weinstock that the company had to modernise and take new directions.