Smart quotes


curved quotation marks created automatically by a word processor when the user types in straight quotes

The smart quotes feature of Microsoft Word can mess things up when the document is moved to the Web.

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  • Smarts

    verb (used without object) 1. to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound. 2. to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc. 3. to feel a sharp, stinging pain, as in a wound. 4. to suffer keenly from wounded feelings: She […]

  • Smart sanction

    noun 1. (often pl) a sanction intended to affect only a particular area of a country’s activities or economy

  • Smart-set

    noun 1. sophisticated, fashionable people as a group: a shop catering to the smart set. noun 1. (functioning as singular or pl) fashionable sophisticated people considered as a group A fashionable social group, as in This restaurant has been discovered by the smart set. This idiom may be obsolescent. [ Late 1800s ]

  • Smart suture

    noun surgical stitching made using biodegradable plastic that ties itself in a knot using shape memory (heating)

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