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adjective clever pronunciation in American English /ˈklevər/
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  1. 1
    good at achieving what you want, especially by using unusual or slightly dishonest methods
    With a clever lawyer, she could easily be acquitted.
    1. a.
      good at doing or using something
      clever with: You’d have to be very clever with words to get people to listen.
  2. 2
    mainly British used about an unusual but effective and intelligent idea or action
    It was a clever idea to use the boat for the party.
    Using the Cherokee name was a clever marketing ploy.

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