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    "- You sound like a know-it-all.
    - Do I. Canít be having with that, can we? "

    I don't understand the meaning of the last sentence. Please, can you find a synonym definition to this one?

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    Default Re: help me to find a synonym

    Synonyms for know-it-all.

    Brain
    Smarty pants.
    Genius
    Einstein
    Sherlock (as in "Sherlock Holmes")
    Wiz
    Brainiac

    Of all of the above terms "smarty pants" comes closest to "know-it-all" in generally being used in a derisive fashion, altho a couple of the others fit in that category, generally to a lesser extent. A couple of them are also used in a complimentary fashion.

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    Thaks RonBee,
    but I need synonyms for "Canít be having with that, can we" :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bee
    Thaks RonBee,
    but I need synonyms for "Canít be having with that, can we" :?
    Oops! You did say "last sentence", didn't you?

    How about:

    "We're not going to put up with that kind of (arrogant) behavior around here."

    Or:

    "We can't have people putting on airs. Nobody is better than the anybody else around here."

    Or:

    "Don't be puttin' your high hat on."

    Or:

    "I'll have you know you are no better than the rest of us. You just think you are."

    How's that?

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    How's that? :wink:
    Thank you so much :dances happily:
    Now I can translate it into russian :wink:

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    I'm glad I could help.

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    Ermm Ö firstly Ö. Ďcanít be having with thatí sounds strange to me. ĎCanít have thatí or ĎCanít be having thatí sound better.
    Secondly, I think there are two people talking here. One says that the other is a smarty-pants, and the Ďsmarty-pantsí says that that is not on. So there may be a little irony there Ö. What do you think Ron?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lib
    Ermm Ö firstly Ö. Ďcanít be having with thatí sounds strange to me. ĎCanít have thatí or ĎCanít be having thatí sound better.
    I think it sounds British.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lib
    Secondly, I think there are two people talking here. One says that the other is a smarty-pants, and the Ďsmarty-pantsí says that that is not on. So there may be a little irony there Ö. What do you think Ron?
    I think the smarty pants is being sarcastic.

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    'Can't be having that' means that we're not going to accept or stand for that in BE.

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