street smarts

plural noun

Definition of street smarts 

: the quality of being streetwise

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The solution, as noted above, involves viewing Billie as more savvy and street smart than she’s often seen. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Born Yesterday' heroine calls her own shots in American Players Theatre remake," 26 June 2018 Whether alone, or with female R&B singers Ashanti, Christina Milian, and Charli Baltimore, Rule was the perfect blend on honeyed melody and hard-core street smarts. Philly.com, "Jerry Seinfeld, Free Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and other great happenings in Philadelphia," 4 Apr. 2018 Common sense, street smarts, and positive energy keep me safe. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "All Your Solo Travel Questions—Answered," 2 Apr. 2018 On Monday, Louis Vuitton announced that Virgil Abloh, a designer with no formal training yet has the industry captivated by his street smarts (er, streetwear), will be its new artistic director of menswear. refinery29.com, "What To Know About Louis Vuitton's New Artistic Director," 26 Mar. 2018 Shifting back to 1997’s investigation, Russell Poole, clearly the most street smart detective on the force and passionate about finding the truth starts piecing together motives, scenarios and suspects that lead to Biggie stoplight shooting. Scott Glaysher, Billboard, "'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.' Episode 1: Rappers' Bond Comes to the Forefront," 28 Feb. 2018 The film follows a big-box store employee (Lopez) who, after reinventing herself, gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jennifer Lopez Rom-Com 'Second Act' Gets Fall 2018 Release Date," 20 Feb. 2018 My New York City street smarts were no match for passive-aggressive rumors whispered in the hallways and racist notes tucked into my locker. Kavita Das, Longreads, "Recovering My Fifth Sense," 29 Jan. 2018 Classes include emotional first-aid skills, street smarts, dealing with death and understanding survivors of tragedy. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Crisis response team looking for volunteers," 15 Dec. 2017

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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street smarts

noun

English Language Learners Definition of street smarts

: the knowledge needed to survive in difficult and dangerous places or situations in a city

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