smart cookie

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smart cookie (plural smart cookies)

  1. (informal) An individual regarded as clever, astute, or judicious.
    • 1992, Eugene B. Fluckey, Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II, University of Illinois Press (1997), →ISBN, page 373:
      Newland, lead cook and a smart cookie, would find some way to feed them if they got stranded ashore.
    • 1998, Seth Goldstein, "DVD Not The Only Concern For Tape's Sell-Through Biz; DVD Packagers Roll 'Em Out", Billboard, 28 November 1998:
      Is it a coincidence that Fox Home Entertainment, one smart cookie in sell-through, has designated the $170 million hit "There's Something About Mary" for rental?
    • 2008, Douglas E. Egenolf, The Last Seasons: The Story of the Bird Hunter, Dog Ear Publishing (2008), →ISBN, page 64:
      This dog was one smart cookie and was quickly picking up the game plan.