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smart as a whip

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj smart as a whip having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence "some men dislike brainy women","a brilliant mind","a brilliant solution to the problem"
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Idioms

Smart as a whip - A person who is smart as a whip is very clever.
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Usage

In literature:

His hand was smarting as though struck with the lash of a whip.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard Pyle
He's as smart as a whip, that young chap.
"Shavings" by Joseph C. Lincoln
He's smart as a whip, Jim is, and he's willing to work on commission.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Our driver, as we passed the fellow, fetched him a smart crack with his whip across the chops.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Our driver, as we passed the fellow, fetched him a smart crack with his whip across the chops.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
She was brought here from Virginia to be a field hand, but she was smart as a whip, and lived to be 118 years old.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
You are tired: I feel as smart as a new whip.
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
A boy who is as keen as a brier and smart as a whip cannot be expected to wear "humbly" clothes forever.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
She was clean-cut, thoroughbred, smart as a whip.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
He's smart as a whip.
"An Arrow in a Sunbeam" by Various
Smart as a whip, but he don't go to church once in five years.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
His hand was smarting as though struck with the lash of a whip.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
He's smart as a whip.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
But he was as neat and smart as a whip, too, even if he were thin and even John could not hide his admiration.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
He's smart as a whip.
"Old Friends and New" by Sarah Orne Jewett
He is smart as a whip, but English is quite a paralyzing language to him.
"The Girls of Central High at Basketball" by Gertrude W. Morrison
The man was a smart whip, and as he possessed a good horse we covered the ground in grand style.
"The Beautiful White Devil" by Guy Boothby
With a branch which he had plucked from the hedge and had used as a whip Tom struck the horse a smart blow.
"Miser Farebrother (vol 2 of 3)" by Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
He is the happy father of seven sons, all of them "smart as a whip," and all of them doing well.
"On the Trail of The Immigrant" by Edward A. Steiner
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In news:

Lunch for needy, radio narrowbanding, hoping for a job next year, Palin is ' smart as a whip '.
She is smart as a whip and up-to-date on all things going on with our country.
Danielle Evans's whip-smart first story collection charts the liminal years between childhood and the condition dubiously known as being a grown-up.
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