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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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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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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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