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wise guy

noun
1.
Informal. a cocksure, conceited, and often insolent person; smart aleck:
He has a reputation for being a wise guy.
Also called wiseacre.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism
Related forms
wise-guy, adjective
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  • At forty he still has something of the smirking manner of the high school wise guy.
  • As though only a total outsider, or fool, or wise guy would apply such workaday logic to the briefing process.
  • Being a wise guy may not always be compatible with campaigning for public office.
  • Some wise guy had a tape measure with him and took a reading.
British Dictionary definitions for wise guy

wise guy

noun
1.
(informal) a person who is given to making conceited, sardonic, or insolent comments
2.
(US) a member of the Mafia
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Slang definitions & phrases for wise guy

wire

noun
  1. : Send me a wire if you get the job
  2. : They checked to see whether she was wearing a wire
  3. An overstimulated person; an anxious, excitable person: You know I'm a natural wire. What I need is a drink to calm me down
verb
  1. To send a telegram: Wire me when you get there (1859+)
  2. To place eavesdropping devices in a room, office, etc, or concealed on someone's body; bug: She quietly checked to see if her bedroom was wired/ The FBI wired me before they sent me to see the suspect (1950s+)
Related Terms

come up to the wire, down to the wire, go to the wire, haywire, hot-wire


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with wise guy

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. [ ; second half of 1800s ]
Also see: smart aleck
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