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Reduplication of clever.



clever-clever (comparative more clever-clever, superlative most clever-clever)

  1. (derogatory) Showily or ostentatiously clever.
    • 1994, Christmas Humphreys, Zen Comes West (Routledge 1994), page 107:
      The difference between clever-clever talk and the appearance of a real awareness is desperately fine, and I do not guarantee to be right in my diagnosis every time.
    • 2007 July 15, Sarah Hughes, in The Observer:
      You used to know where you stood with musicals. There were the old traditionals with scores by Rodgers and Hammerstein; the clever-clever shows with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; and the bombastic 'supermusicals', with sub-operatic numbers.
    • 2013 November 14, Scott Murray, in The Guardian:
      England have tried a couple of clever-clever short corners tonight, and both of them have ended in total farce. England have many strengths, but clever-clever is not an option in their back pocket.