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English definition of “live by your wits”

live by your wits

to make money in a clever and usually dishonest wayCheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
(Definition of live by your wits from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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