street smarts

plural noun

Definition of street smarts

: the quality of being streetwise

Examples of street smarts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use street smarts to make realistic decisions about finances, career and business during late December and the first week of January, when your feet are planted firmly on the ground. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 6, 2020: Happy birthday Emma Stone; Leo, connect with movers, shakers," 6 Nov. 2020 Early February, when your street smarts are in high gear, is a good time to put financial, career or business plans into action, but avoid taking drastic steps such as quitting your job. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 19, 2020: Virgo, make a good impression; Pisces, enjoy romantic connection," 19 Oct. 2020 Listen to the whisper of your intuitions as well as your street smarts. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 5, 2020: Aries, don’t flirt with danger; Sagittarius, hold onto your money," 5 Oct. 2020 Captured outside the shows by Acielle of Style du Monde, this season’s class of Paris Fashion Week street style stars taught us a lesson in how to combine geek chic with street smarts, just in time for fall. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "From Houndstooth Blazers to Sweater-Vests, Paris Street Style Gets Smart," 6 Oct. 2020 This is one of those days when you can be filled with both street smarts and ancient wisdom. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 7, 2020: Taurus, learn something new; Sagittarius, ask for what you need," 7 Sep. 2020 Using his street smarts, Mundo would pretend to hire a hit man. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Former boxer marked for murder goes undercover to catch the person who wanted him dead," 5 Sep. 2020 Born in 1928 and raised in the swampy, Ku Klux Klan country of central Florida, Brown used his brawn and native street smarts to sneak into the Navy as a young teenager, Mr. Snyder tells us. Gordon Marino, WSJ, "‘Bundini’ Review: The Trickster in His Corner," 3 Sep. 2020 Your street smarts and understanding of the ways of the world can put you at the top of the heap in August and September. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 25, 2020: Leo, you perform best under pressure; Libra, show restraint," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of street smarts

1966, in the meaning defined above

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22 Nov 2020

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“Street smarts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of street smarts

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

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