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street smarts

noun, Informal.
1.
shrewd awareness of how to survive or succeed in any situation, especially as a result of living or working in a difficult environment, as a city ghetto neighborhood.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75
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Examples for street smarts
  • The beach is among the safer spots in the city, but travelers are still advised to use their street smarts, especially at night.
  • Because there are many new users without street smarts online.
  • He brings a unique blend of musical skills, street smarts and cultural cachet to everything he touches.
  • It was there he developed his street smarts and survival skills.
  • Get your career, bank account or home situation in order while your street smarts are in high gear.
Contemporary definitions for street smarts
noun

See street savvy

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Slang definitions & phrases for street smarts

street smarts

noun phrase

Cunning and cleverness of a very practical sort, esp that useful in the urban ghetto: that raging philosophical conflict between street smarts and pinstripes (1972+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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