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informal very clever or original
good at thinking clearly and quickly, at understanding difficult ideas and subjects, and at gaining and using knowledge
a wise person is able to make good choices and decisions because they have a lot of experience
good at learning or understanding things
a bright person is intelligent and usually young and likely to do well at school or in their careers
informal very intelligent, especially at school or college
showing good judgment about things such as art, music, and books and able to tell whether something is valuable or well made
able to judge situations quickly and accurately and make sensible decisions
intelligent and with a lot of experience of life so that you do not allow other people to trick you
in competitive cycling, the illegal use of motors on bikes in order to gain advantage over other riders
in golf, a gentle hit of the ball so that it rolls along the ground a short distance towards the...
be reversed; be as if it had never happened
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