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English definition of “street smarts”

street smarts

noun [plural]   US
the ability to manage or succeed in difficult or dangerous situations, especially in big towns or cities: You haven't got the street smarts to last ten minutes in New York without getting ripped off.Wise and sensibleKnowledge and awareness
(Definition of street smarts noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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