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Definition of "streetwise" [streetwise]

  • Having the shrewd awareness, experience, and resourcefulness needed for survival in a difficult, often dangerous urban environment. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "streetwise" in a sentence
  • "At the same time, a team of people living with the diseases will be conducting a 'streetwise' survey to further ascertain what the community considers a priority for action."
  • "Seems to me that as "streetwise" as some of us are in some ways, we're still surprisingly trusting in others."
  • "I worked with inner city kids for about three years after high school, and many had the tough "streetwise" bravado that Jason talked about above."
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