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 Diana’s progress in the first half of season 2 is a testament to those book and street smarts. Essence, 21 Dec. 2021 And the example of his father, the television and film actor Andy McPhee, who has a successful career and was intent on teaching him street smarts, loomed large. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2021 And their mother will promote this business far and wide, using her street smarts to find investors. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Some people are business smarts, book smarts, street smarts, and some people are both. Ryan Mcfadden,, 14 Sep. 2021 The first half of July is when your street smarts and wisdom can be at full throttle, so that’s likely an excellent time to make business decisions or launch a new money-making enterprise. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021 Use both book and street smarts to navigate through the cutthroat competition of the business world. Vahe Tirakyan, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 The average person may not have the street smarts, negotiation skills or the ability to read social cues that this type of work requires. Chloe Meley,, 28 Mar. 2021 June is when your street smarts are most effective in commerce and career. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of street smarts

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of street smarts was in 1966

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“Street smarts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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