Meaning of “be too clever by half” in the English Dictionary

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"be too clever by half" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “be too clever by half” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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