too clever by half

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Definition of too clever by half

chiefly British, informal
: clever in a way that is annoying or that causes problems an arrogant politician who is too clever by half a complex computer program that is too clever by half

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“Too clever by half.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/too%20clever%20by%20half. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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