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Street smarts

DEFINITION

Common knowledge for everyday life. Someone who understands the workings of the everyday world as opposed to someone who has been insulated from normal duties of life, such as a very rich child. Street smarts implies that someone understands the rules of their culture at a very basic level, like what occurs daily on the streets and homes of people.¬† Alternatively used as ‘street wise’ as well.

“My brother is a professor and very intelligent, but he has no street smarts and gets taken advantage of by local shopkeepers.”

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