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noun

informal
  • 1chiefly North American A person who makes sarcastic or cheeky remarks to demonstrate their cleverness: four years ago the wise guys, the pundits, and the pollsters were all ready to write the president off
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    • Some wise guy had a tape measure with him and took a reading.
    • Well, I have felt he's been a wise guy for some time and it certainly appears he's being that way now with his interlocutors.
    • He continued to play numerous characters alternating between lead and supporting roles in various comedy flicks usually seen as a loveable slob, a bumbling schemer or an overbearing wise guy.
  • 2US A member of the Mafia: he was the boss of the biggest crime family in the country—300 wise guys
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    • Could be any inner-city gang member or wise guy.
    • In my mind, I pictured him to be a little Italian wise guy, like the mafia hit man that's always the squealer on someone in those old movies.
    • While other kids were flipping burgers, he was hiring himself out to local wise guys as muscle or masterminding his own bizarre capers.

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