street-smart

[ street-smahrt ]
/ ˈstritˌsmɑrt /

adjective

possessing or showing street smarts.

Origin of street-smart

First recorded in 1965–70

Definition for street-smart (2 of 2)

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.

Origin of street smarts

First recorded in 1970–75
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