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smart set

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noun
  1. sophisticated, fashionable people as a group: a shop catering to the smart set.
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Origin of smart set

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for smart set

Historical Examples

  • He sounds to me like a sort of smart-set Raffles, Gibbs asserted.

    Under Cover

    Roi Cooper Megrue

  • He had a beautiful disdain for society—society in its Smart-Set sense.

  • It was truly an inspiration; just the sort of thing to hand out to one of Newport's smart-set.

  • I suspected the new doctor of a sense of humour, as well as of an understanding of current smart-set satire.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)


British Dictionary definitions for smart set

smart set

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) fashionable sophisticated people considered as a group
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Idioms and Phrases with smart set

smart set

A fashionable social group, as in This restaurant has been discovered by the smart set. This idiom may be obsolescent. [Late 1800s]

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