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Wise guy   /waɪz gaɪ/   Listen
Wise guy

noun
1.
An upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments.  Synonyms: smart aleck, weisenheimer, wiseacre, wisenheimer.






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"Wise guy" Quotes from Famous Books



... observed Miss Trimble, weaving her fingers into his luxuriant head-covering and pulling. "Wish y' luck! Ah! 'twas a wig. Gimme those spect'cles." She surveyed the results of her handiwork grimly. "Say, Clarence," she remarked, "y're a wise guy. Y' look handsomer with 'em on. Does any ...
— Piccadilly Jim • Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

... use the money to pay off a morgidge and that he 'ad a sick wife. Wot did Dick do but 'unt him up again and put the money back, removing the receipt and substituting a fifty-dollar bill be'd filched from a wise guy in a bank, all wrapped up in a little note telling the chap to give it to 'is wife with the compliments of Old Nick. I've larfed myself to sleep wondering wot the feller thought when he found the note!" ...
— The Rose in the Ring • George Barr McCutcheon

... best boob in the biz, And that no manager will cast me for anything else. Curses on my hit in "'Way Down East" That handcuffs me forever to yokels, And me a better character actor than Corse Payton! That's how it is they're stuck on types, And the wise guy who plays anything Isn't given a look-in. Listen to me, young feller, and don't ever Let 'em tab you for keeps as a type. It's curtains for a career as sure as you're born. Why, there's actors sentenced to comedy ...
— The Broadway Anthology • Edward L. Bernays, Samuel Hoffenstein, Walter J. Kingsley, Murdock Pemberton

... that. I'm a pretty wise guy, if I do say it myself. I might be able to do as much for you as you're going to ...
— The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories • Zane Grey



Words linked to "Wise guy" :   wisenheimer, upstart



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