too clever by half



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too clever by half

Too contrived or arrogant in one's cleverness or intelligence, to the point of being irritating to others. Primarily heard in UK. I think every adolescent goes through a stage where they become too clever by half and begin to think of themselves as the only person who has things figured out. The phones people use these days are all too clever by half—I can barely even use them to make phone calls!
See also: clever, half

Common Names:

NameGenderPronouncedUsage
RidleyRID-leeEnglish (Rare)
Guiomargee-oo-MAR (Portuguese), gee-o-MAHR (Spanish)Portuguese, Spanish, Arthurian Romance
Aava-Finnish
Decebal-Romanian
HendersonHEN-dər-sənEnglish
Zacchaeusza-KEE-əs (English)Biblical