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street smarts

noun [plural] uk   US us  
the ability to manage or succeed in difficult or dangerous situations, especially in big towns or cities: You don't have the street smarts to last ten minutes in New York without getting ripped off.
Translations of “street smarts”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指在都市的)生存能力,適應能力…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指在都市的)生存能力,适应能力…
(Definition of street smarts from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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