adjectiveNorth 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 motorcycleMore example sentences
worldly, savvy, street smart, experienced, seasoned
- 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.
noun(street smarts) Back to top
- 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 youMore example sentences
- 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.
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