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English definition of “be too clever by half”

be too clever by half

to be too confident of your own intelligence in a way that annoys other people: She was too clever by half - always correcting the teacher or coming back with a smart answer.Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting
(Definition of be too clever by half from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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