What does the expression smart as a whip mean?

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asked Jan 26 in Words & Wordplay by DMan2DMax (280 points)
What does the expression smart as a whip mean?

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answered Jan 26 by Shelde (25,170 points)
The expression or saying smart as a whip means that you're very smart.

The saying smart as a whip comes from the sharp crack of a whip so when someone is saying you're smart as a whip they are saying that you're very sharp and smart.

I could not see why smart as a whip was a saying until I researched it more because I thought that whips cannot be smart so how could someone be smart as a whip?

But it just has to do with the sharp crack of the whip meaning you're very smart and intelligent.

For example if a 3 year old boy is reading at a higher level than normal then he would be smart as a whip.

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