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smart-arsed

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(US smart-assed)

Definition of smart-arsed in English:

adjective

informal
Irritating on account of behaving as if one knows everything: smart-arsed corporate lawyers a smart-arsed remark
More example sentences
  • Generally, Richard's visits were peppered with smart-assed comments and unyielding teasing.
  • For a moment, just a fleeting moment I was about to holler some smart-assed comment at Terry again and wait for his response.
  • He called me a smart-assed college kid, because I didn't listen to him.

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