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wise guy

1. One who is sarcastic or makes jokes in an attempt to seem witty, usually to others' annoyance; a smart aleck. Joe is such a wise guy that it's hard to know when he's being serious. Every class seems to have one disruptive wise guy.
2. A mobster. I wouldn't bother those shady characters sitting in the corner booth—they're all wise guys.
See also: guy, wise

wise guy

An obnoxious know-it-all, a person who makes sarcastic or annoying remarks, as in the teacher was delighted that the worst wise guy in the class was moving out of town. [Slang; second half of 1800s] Also see smart aleck.
See also: guy, wise

a ˈwise guy

(informal, disapproving, especially American English) a man who speaks or behaves as if he knows much more than other people: OK, wise guy, what do you think we should do then?
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wise guy

n. a foolish person; a smart aleck. (see also smart guy. Also a term of address.) Look, wise guy, mind your own business!
See also: guy, wise
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As Nicholas Pileggi, author of "Wiseguys" put it, "most mob books are the egomaniacal ravings of an illiterate hood masquerading as a benevolent godfather."
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Saviano takes jobs at a mob-controlled textile factory and a construction site, quietly observing the inner workings of "the System." Tracing its tentacles, which run through enterprises as far-flung as smuggling Chinese immigrants to the disposal of toxic waste, "means understanding how everything works today everywhere, not merely here." Meanwhile, the Neapolitan wiseguys take their cues from Hollywood, adopting the term "godfather" and asking their architects to build replicas of Tony Montana's villa in Scarface.
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