bright spark


British, informal + disapproving
: a person who says or does something that seems intelligent but is really not
Who's the bright spark who came up with this rotten idea?

Examples of bright spark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the hardest times, a bright spark always followed — a busy week, a special interaction between customers. Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 Ford In 1970 or 1971, some bright spark at Ford UK had an idea to promote the Transit's image. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 22 June 2023 While the fashion trajectory of It-girls is often linear (no one wants to tread a Chanel pump out of line!), this bright spark keeps us guessing, and that’s more thrilling than an archive of rare Hermès Birkins. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 30 Nov. 2023

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“Bright spark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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