street smarts

plural noun

Definition of street smarts

: the quality of being streetwise

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Get your career, finances or a business situation in order during late November while your street smarts are in high gear. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for Aug. 28, 2019: Happy birthday Jason Priestley; Aries, broadcast your desires," 28 Aug. 2019 Will my child lack the street smarts that serve city kids so well? Beth Spotswood,, "So long, exciting city; hello, mellow Marin," 28 Aug. 2019 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," 20 July 2019 As a girl without supernatural powers, Max possesses a different kind of strength — cleverness and street smarts that El, who spent most of her childhood locked up in a lab, does not have. Sophie Hayssen, Teen Vogue, "'Stranger Things' Season 3 Highlights Max and Eleven's Friendship," 12 July 2019 But there were several supporters too, saying life skills and street smarts are more important than a college education., "Police chief alters hiring standards for officers: high school diploma, GED sufficient; tattoos above collar and beards OK," 19 June 2019 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., "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

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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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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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