street·​wise | \ˈstrēt-ˌwīz \

Definition of streetwise 

: possessing the skills and attitudes necessary to survive in a difficult or dangerous situation or environment

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Indeed, Brennan’s voice is softer than his face, and different from the streetwise directness of his brother. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 Since Nike unveiled its streetwise design for the Nigeria's World Cup team kit three months ago, there has been a frenzy online from people eager to splash out $90 for a shirt. Stephanie Busari And Chris Giles, CNN, "Nigeria World Cup kit sells out in minutes as fakes flood Lagos markets," 1 June 2018 If Real have an unquantifiable amount of streetwise-ness in the competition, Liverpool can boast the most prolific attacking trio in Champions League history. Matias Grez, CNN, "Mo Salah wins sixth individual award in an incredible season," 14 May 2018 For this color-block hoodie patterned after vintage athletic wear, designer Todd Snyder supersizes the Champion logo to streetwise proportions. Vincent Boucher,, "Gucci. Valentino. Louis Vuitton. Here are 10 ways you can pay homage to your favorite designer logos," 19 Apr. 2018 The new album blends heavenly harmonies with streetwise features from rappers GoldLink, Joey Badass and Kari Faux. Leigh-ann Jackson,, "Chloe and Halle Bailey on their personal style, getting ready for their Coachella debut and Beyoncé," 5 Apr. 2018 Uzi uploaded a series of snaps today that displayed his expertise at melding high-fashion taste with a streetwise sensibility. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Lil Uzi Vert Continues His Designer-Studded Fashion Hot Streak on Instagram," 1 Mar. 2018 Opposite him in the first scene, sopranos Sonja DuToit Tengblad and Sarah Yanovitch played two delightful snarky, streetwise fairies. Zoë Madonna,, "Handel and Haydn ‘Fairy Queen’ is delightful," 7 Apr. 2018 Salvador Dalí showed up to share drinks with socialites and streetwise musicians alike. Jared T. Miller, Newsweek, "A Photojournalist’s Most Prolific Period, Set to Jazz," 5 Dec. 2015

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of streetwise

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

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