too clever by half

Definition of too clever by half

chiefly British, informal

  1. :  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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  besides, also

    :  to an excessive degree :  excessively

    :  to such a degree as to be regrettable

cleverplay
  1. :  skillful or adroit in using the hands or body :  nimble

    :  mentally quick and resourceful

    :  marked by wit or ingenuity

halfplay
  1. :  either of two equal parts that compose something

    :  a part approximately equal to one of these

    :  one of a pair: such as

  1. :  being one of two equal parts

    :  that is approximately equal to either of two equal parts that compose something :  amounting to approximately half

    :  falling short of the full or complete thing :  partial

  1. :  in an equal part or degree

    :  not completely :  partially

    :  by any means :  at all


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