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    idioms, meaning "to be very clever"

    Hi,

    There are some phrases with the sense "to be very clever":

    To have a clear head;
    To have a good head on one's shoulders;
    To be a bright spark;
    To have one's head screwed on;
    To be as bright as a button;
    To be as clever as a cartload of monkeys;
    To be quick in the uptake.


    Do you use/ know other phrases with the same sense?

    Thanks for all your replies!

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    Re: idioms, meaning "to be very clever"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    Hi,

    There are some phrases with the sense "to be very clever":

    To have a clear head;
    To have a good head on one's shoulders;
    To be a bright spark;
    To have one's head screwed on;
    To be as bright as a button;
    To be as clever as a cartload of monkeys;
    To be quick in the uptake.


    Do you use/ know other phrases with the same sense?

    Thanks for all your replies!

    smarty pants
    You got an A? Good for you Ms. Smarty pants.
    He always gets good grades he's such a smarty pants.

    We also call smart people brainers.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: idioms, meaning "to be very clever"

    In the UK, at least, these expressions are common -

    'Swot' - this is meant sarcastically

    'Brainbox' - this is a 'kinder' expression, and is not meant sarcastically

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    Re: idioms, meaning "to be very clever"

    egghead

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    Re: idioms, meaning "to be very clever"

    smart as a whip

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    Re: idioms, meaning "to be very clever"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    Hi,

    There are some phrases with the sense "to be very clever":

    To have a clear head; --for me, this just means "free of distractions and stress"
    To have a good head on one's shoulders;
    To be a bright spark;
    To have one's head screwed on; --for me this means "having common sense"
    To be as bright as a button;
    To be as clever as a cartload of monkeys; --never heard this one
    To be quick on the uptake.


    Do you use/ know other phrases with the same sense?
    Clever as a fox
    Sharp as a tack



    Thanks for all your replies!
    B

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    Re: idioms, meaning "to be very clever"

    I head the phrase: "smart a-s-s" in a movie!

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