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Aug 18, 2021
This week’s theme
Shoes

This week’s words
brogue
revamp
clever clogs
shoestring
bauchle

Clever Clogs
Clever Clogs (album cover)
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clever clogs

PRONUNCIATION:
(KLE-vuhr klogs)

MEANING:
noun: Someone perceived to be intelligent or knowledgeable in an annoying way.

ETYMOLOGY:
The term boots has been used for a fellow or a person since the early 1600s. From there we got the term clever boots and then clever clogs. Earliest documented use: 1866.

USAGE:
“In response to clients’ complaints about its able but arrogant employees, one management consultancy asked comedians to teach its clever clogs how to be less obnoxious (or at least come across as such).”
Funny Business; The Economist (London, UK); Aug 24, 2019.

See more usage examples of clever clogs in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Dreams heed no borders, the eyes need no visas. With eyes shut I walk across the line in time. All the time. -Gulzar, poet, lyricist, and film director (b. 18 Aug 1934)

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