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street-smart

[street-smahrt] /ˈstritˌsmɑrt/
adjective
1.
possessing or showing street smarts.
Origin of street-smart
1965-1970
1965-70

street smarts

plural noun, Informal.
1.
shrewd awareness of how to survive or succeed in any situation, especially as a result of living or working in a difficult environment, as a city ghetto neighborhood.
Origin
1970-75
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street-smart

adjective

Cunning and clever in various practical ways, esp in the street culture of the urban ghetto: a place for very sophisticated, street-bright people/ supplanting preppie glamour with what's euphemistically called a ''streetwise'' look. Supertramp is more like it (1976+)

street smarts

noun phrase

Cunning and cleverness of a very practical sort, esp that useful in the urban ghetto: that raging philosophical conflict between street smarts and pinstripes (1972+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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