street smarts
noun plural Date: 1972 the quality of being streetwise

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • street-smarts — «STREET SMAHRTS», noun. U.S. Informal. practical knowledge and understanding about the people and ways of city streets: »To be free…requires street smarts, the cunning of the survivor (John Leonard) …   Useful english dictionary

  • street smarts — street′ smarts n. pl. shrewd awareness of how to survive in an urban environment • Etymology: 1970–75 street′ smart , adj …   From formal English to slang

  • street smarts — street ,smarts noun uncount AMERICAN the ability to deal with difficult or dangerous situations of the type you often find in big cities …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • street smarts — n. Informal cunning or shrewdness needed to live in, or to deal with people living in, an urban environment characterized by poverty, crime, etc …   English World dictionary

  • street smarts — noun a shrewd ability to survive in a dangerous urban environment • Hypernyms: ↑shrewdness, ↑astuteness, ↑perspicacity, ↑perspicaciousness * * * ¦smä(r)ts, mȧt noun plural Etymology: smart ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • street smarts — n. the knowledge and ability to survive on the urban street. □ If you don’t have street smarts, you won’t last long out there. □ You either pick up street smarts, or you don’t …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • street smarts — N PLURAL You can use street smarts to refer to the skills and intelligence people need to be successful in difficult situations, especially in a city. [AM, INFORMAL] The boys learned their street smarts early and stayed pretty safe …   English dictionary

  • street smarts — knowing how to survive, worldly wise    You need street smarts to be a police officer in Toronto …   English idioms

  • street smarts — American the knowledge and experience you need in order to deal with difficult and dangerous situations in a city. The kids around here may not be much good at reading or writing, but they sure have a lot of street smarts …   New idioms dictionary

  • street smarts — noun (U) AmE the ability to deal with difficult situations on the streets of a big city: unsuspecting tourists with no street smarts whatsoever …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • street smarts —  Practical experience; not easily deceived.  ► “Often, he has ousted genteel, well respected publishers in favor of street smart assiduously non Ivy league types like himself.” (Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4, 1996, p. A1) …   American business jargon

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