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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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The action feels a bit dragged out, but junior high students will be entertained by Leon's wiseass comments (with occasional profanity).
I got it because I'm a wiseass,'' says the comedian, perhaps best-known for hosting the syndicated version of NBC's ``The Weakest Link.
I figured this guy was a wiseass so I asked one of those friendly London black cabbies to take me to the Final.
So wiseass," you ask, "if you say they suck, why do you have so many?
If so, the other letters in that drawer were no doubt a lot like mine-except that they were not written by wiseass children.
Madonna was just what we wanted to be: cheeky, sexy, wiseass, independent.
During the long home stretch of his career, wiseass critics too often wrote him off as a truculent malcontent, a social climber embittered by his exclusion from the world's pickiest clubs," Wolff writes in the preface.
As a medical student, I wrote in the somewhat obnoxious tones of the wiseass novice who saw clearly the hypocrisies, pomposities and peculiarities of her elders.
Andrews's feeling tone (bitterness, humor, wiseass lyricism) transcends determinate referentiality.
I couldn't tell what he said through the mask, but it sounded like, "Move along, wiseass.
There had been some hilarity just a few minutes earlier, somebody saying So let's sum up our conclusions, then, and somebody else cracking Our conclusions are that we have to keep the newspaper safe for the family's profit margin, and amid the laughter and hooting Curley had risen from his chair, not wanting to lose the moment, not wanting the day to dissipate into wiseass reportery banter about the fractious rich people who still own the Chronicle.
Leave It to Beaver's Eddie Haskell was a wiseass and troublemaker, but he was someone else's kid, not a member of the central Cleaver clan.
In this version, Bazarov is simply an early Russian trial run of James Dean, a petulant wiseass who dies young to be mourned by all those who didn't love him enough when they could have.
Teller ("Project X;' "The Spectacular Now") may be the least ironic or postmodern actor under 30 in movies today, and even though he's cultivated a persona of the fast-talking, joke-telling wiseass who never takes things seriously, there's an underlying sweetness and sincerity to his work that shows us how all that bluster is just his character's defense against a profound fear of getting too close.