Elsewhere in the song, Kelly compares himself to the cookie monster and cleverly sings “I love to lick the middle like an Oreo.”
The president chose a middle road; some have cleverly dubbed it the “Goldilocks Strategy.”
(You will observe that the president has cleverly timed things so that he is out of office when the cuts begin to bite).
In Hamburg, Penn., the cleverly named Taste of Hamburger Festival will be held Sept. 1.
It becomes clearer by the day how cleverly Obama checkmated both Clintons by putting Hillary in the topmost Cabinet job.
He had been cleverly exploited, but he could not see that any great harm had been done.
Clinton's descent had been cleverly managed, out of Washington's sight.
I guess it always works just that way, if you manage it cleverly.
"cleverly done, but a close thing," the Chief said, as he turned away.
Thought I was brained—but we did it cleverly however—although, if ever I made a leap in the dark, that was one.
1580s, "handy, dexterous," apparently from East Anglian dialectal cliver "expert at seizing," perhaps from East Frisian klüfer "skillful," or Norwegian dialectic klover "ready, skillful," and perhaps influenced by Old English clifer "claw, hand" (early usages seem to refer to dexterity). Or perhaps akin to Old Norse kleyfr "easy to split" and from a root related to cleave "to split." Extension to intellect is first recorded 1704.
This is a low word, scarcely ever used but in burlesque or conversation; and applied to any thing a man likes, without a settled meaning. [Johnson, 1755]The meaning has narrowed since, but clever also often in old use and dialect meant "well-shaped, attractive-looking" and in 19c. American English sometimes "good-natured, agreeable." Related: Cleverly; cleverness.