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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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Open Season 3D (PG) IMAX 3D version of the animated comedy as domesticated grizzly and wiseass deer take on the hunters.
The action feels a bit dragged out, but junior high students will be entertained by Leon's wiseass comments (with occasional profanity).
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?" Old West nostalgia--except for a Navy Arms Schofield, they're all Colt Peacemakers.
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.
Wolff claims in his opening pages that The Art of Burning Bridges was motivated by the effete dismissals of "wiseass critics," and vows to "redress the casual disdain triggered in some influential strangers by [O'Hara's] very name." Before he even gets around to narrating the circumstances of his subject's birth, he has staked out his own position as defender of he who can no longer defend himself, determined to rescue O'Hara from the oblivion for which literary fashionistas have snobbishly marked him down.
"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.
Throughout "Gestalt Me Out!" 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."
You know, just for being a wiseass. But all that usually happens is that they smile and nod.
But what chiefly shines through this sequel is Karr's ability, bolstered by family love, to absorb the dangerous, sometimes tragic events with humor, irony, integrity and guts as she struggles toward a self beyond what she calls her "wiseass persona." We cheer the tenacious spirit of this spunky girl, her will to thrive.