street smarts

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)

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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 (game show) — Street Smarts was a United States game show that features two in studio contestants trying to predict the outcome of interviews of people that were found on the street. The show aired in syndication from 2000 to 2005, hosted by Frank Nicotero.… …   Wikipedia

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