street smarts

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plural nounInformal.
  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 of street smarts

First recorded in 1970–75

Words Nearby street smarts Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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