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street smarts

noun, Informal.
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.
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for street smarts

streets, the

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pound the pavement

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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