Dudley and I were in the alleyway between Magnolia Crescent and Wisteria Walk,” said Harry, speaking fast, fighting to control his temper. “Dudley thought he’d be smart with me, I pulled out my wand but didn’t use it. Then two dementors turned up —”

Does it mean to outsmart someone? or just another way of saying make a joke on someone?

closed as off-topic by Kinzle B, FumbleFingers, Em1, StoneyB, jimsug Jul 9 '14 at 7:20

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


Being 'smart with someone' means to be very clever with someone deliberately (For example) they don't like the other person or they want to go ahead of them in some way.

e.g. sentence:

rude person: you need to scoot over

me: don't get smart with me

rude person: what's your problem

me: that's not how you ask

  • Clever, perhaps, but often with a dose of sarcasm or sass. – J.R. Jul 6 '14 at 23:29

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.