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  1. Hiya Raymond's Avatar
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    Look wise = smarty-pants?

    Look wise = smarty-pants or smarty? Are they normal phrase? And how to use them?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Look wise = smarty-pants?

    As far as I know, "smarty-pants" is applied to someone who pretends to be cleverer/wiser/more intelligent/smarter than they really are. It can be used humorously or with irony, but it can also be rude if used seriously.

    Anyway, it's an informal expression, as you can see: smarty-pants - definition of smarty-pants by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Look wise = smarty-pants?

    Hiya Raymond, I've never heard of 'look wise' meaning 'smarty-pants'.

    What makes you think it might?

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    Re: Look wise = smarty-pants?

    Maybe just another Chinglish phrase like 'good(好)good(好) study(学习), day(天) day(天) up(向上)' which actually means 'study hard and make progress every day'.But it's incorrect while 'long(好长) time(时间) no(不) see(见)' is totally correct.

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    Re: Look wise = smarty-pants?

    To be honest, this sounds like roaring 30s Chicago gangland cant.

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