street wise

streetwise

[street-wahyz]
adjective
Also, street-wise.


Origin:
1960–65, Americanism; street + wise1

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streetwise (ˈstriːtˌwaɪz)
 
adj
Also: street-smart attuned to and adept at surviving in an urban, poor and often criminal environment
 
street wisdom
 
n

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streetwise
1965, from street + wise (adj.) "smart, savvy."
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