too clever by half

idiom

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

Examples of too clever by half in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If this sounds too clever by half, there should be no doubt that Ramaswamy is very clever. The Editors, National Review, 23 Aug. 2023 Going to the trough again, for far more, for operating expenses and under a rule suspension targeted to help destitute museums was not only too clever by half. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 19 Feb. 2022 But the dissenting justices saw no reason to reward S.B. 8 for being too clever by half. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 10 Dec. 2021 Sinema’s plan may be too clever by half, however. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 Heard of artificial intelligence being too clever by half? Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2022 Your Zawar Hussein is too clever by half. Daniyal Mueenuddin, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 But in the indictment unsealed on Thursday, the Trump Organization is accused of being too clever by half, to the point of criminality, in playing the game. New York Times, 3 July 2021 But in the indictment unsealed Thursday, the Trump Organization is accused of being too clever by half, to the point of criminality, in playing the game. Mike McIntire and Russ Buettner New York Times, Star Tribune, 3 July 2021

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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