English Idioms


clever clogs

Hello,


What does the expression "clever clogs" mean ? Is " réponses intelligentes " ?


Thank you


Wilptz

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  • Hello,


    What does the expression "clever clogs" mean ? Is " réponses intelligentes " ?


    Thank you


    Wilptz
  • Dear Mr Wilptz,


    I am pleased to tell you how you could right up unclog your brain-box.
    Take a clever something. That's skilful, talented, intelligent (as you cleverly told it).
    Then take a clog. Not a wooden shoe, but something that works as an impediment.
    Get both things tethered together and you get a clever clogs (clogs in the plural), i.e. someone who purports to be very intelligent, knowing everything.


    You were right at posting this issue in the idiomatic column as clever clogs works as an idiom. Where does it come from? I presume it is an antithesis. Is the clog jamming cleverness? Maybe.
    British say 'clever dick' as well.
    Synonym: a know-it-all.


    Are there clever clogs in the Delavigne staff? I don't think so. Of course, Philip Cheeter is ostentiously smart and self-confident as women are at stake. But his skills set doesn't go beyond dating women. Clever clogs is an idiomatic expression that applies to people who show intelligence and like to show it off.
    If you want to see a real clever clogs, just look at me.


    Your devoted unclogging plumber
    Joe

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