Definition of street-smart in English:

street-smart

Syllabification: street-smart

adjective

North American informal
  • Having the skills and knowledge necessary for dealing with modern urban life, especially the difficult or criminal aspects of it: a street-smart hustler on a motorcycle
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    • He's a sharp guy with a street-smart Brooklyn attitude.
    • I'm all street-smart about it and don't turn my head or respond, but a quick peek reveals that he's not addressing me at all.
    • Hakman's very street-smart, instinctual, with a total survivor mentality.
    Synonyms
    worldly, savvy, street smart, experienced, seasoned

noun

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  • The skills and knowledge necessary for dealing with modern urban life: take the advice of somebody who’s got a little more street smarts than you
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    • He wants better, but knows the most he can rely on is street smarts and skills.
    • Do universities deliver work-ready graduates who combine academic knowledge with the necessary street smarts to make the front page.
    • Their only real legacy, as Asbury makes clear, was to pass on their street smarts to a newer type of gangster who, in the 20th century, would turn organized crime into a warped reflection of American free enterprise.
    Synonyms
    common sense, acumen, savvy, shrewdness, wisdom, know-how, horse sense

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