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sharp as a tack

Also, sharp as a razor. Mentally acute. For example, She's very witty—she's sharp as a tack. These similes are also used literally to mean “having a keen cutting edge” and have largely replaced the earlier sharp as a needle or thorn. The first dates from about 1900, the variant from the mid-1800s.

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