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street smarts

plural noun, Informal.
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.
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1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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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